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MANIFESTING DESIRABLE RESULTS
THROUGH BALANCE


Seasons of Shadows
By, John Wolfe
November 24th, 2007

As we come to an understanding that our individual reality is being affected not only by our actions, but also by the emotional states that drive our actions; we must determine a proper balance if we wish to be deliberate (highly effective) fulfilled creators. Most people have caused a large imbalance in their lives by devoting almost one hundred percent of their energy to the action portion of this equation. They’re basically leaping before they feel. And while most inadvertently realize their actions flow much smoother when they feel good, they still miss how connected and intertwined their emotions are in this process.

It’s easy to understand why many have lost sight of their emotional creative power. In a material based form of reality we become conditioned to believe we must exert extreme amounts of physical force to cause any form of change in our surroundings. While this is partially true, it’s not the only factor at play. Just because we are focused upon physical bodies doesn’t mean we are purely physical entities. If this were the case, there would be no purpose for our feelings or emotions. We would maneuver from point A to point B without any internal feeling responses whatsoever. It’s the emotions that serve to remind us of our link up with the portion of ourselves, which remains nonphysical. It’s also the emotions which provide signals along the way, indicating whether we are on a path whose outcome will be pleasing to us.

From a scientific point of view our feelings are only chemical reactions within the brain, yet those minute reactions have the ability to inspire a drive toward physical locomotion. And for those that are aware of how to harness them- they serve to promote smooth flowing, highly effective, desirable, result producing locomotion. I’m careful when I use words like harness because I don’t mean to indicate we should suppress or squelch our emotions. That approach only serves to stifle any awareness of the inspiration behind our physical actions and the results we receive.

When I say harness, I’m referring to an alignment of emotion in conjunction with action. It’s about bringing both on to the same page prior to moving forward in any endeavor. Only then can our actions be free of unnecessary struggle and effort. And only then can we realize purpose in what we do because we will have made a conscious emotional decision about what feels best for us. Once this becomes our way of being, it will serve as our guidance prior to becoming involved in any undertaking. Approaching substantial action in this manner will constantly provide desirable results because we will no longer be second guessing our decisions. Second guessing ourselves serves as a severe form of self sabotage and undermines our confidence and the belief in our abilities. When we are in tune with our emotions self sabotage becomes an unlikely possibility because we will no longer venture into a course of action that feels out of range with what inspires us and brings us joy.

There are many teachers that speak very heavily about action as they address subjects like personal development, the law of attraction and the intentional creation of our reality, so much so that they seem to be overstressing the action portion. I agree that action is quite necessary, when discussing these subjects, however action means very little if we never learn to hone our emotions right alongside it (and preferably before it). Although someone can see accomplishment (through physical action) without emotional alignment, they may not be performing at their highest potential, nor receiving the results they are hoping for. It means there is a lot of spent energy that could be directed in a more beneficial manner, both in terms of blood, sweat and tears and the rewards that are being reaped from their action.

It’s also true that many (although far less than the action oriented crowd) spend too much of their time focusing on their emotional responses and taking very little action. It’s important to acknowledge and harness our emotions, but at some point the action portion of the equation needs to kick in. The Universe is constantly aiding us in any endeavor we want to pursue, yet it can only do so through the methods and means that we have set into motion or are beginning to set into motion. For example, if someone is visualizing (with a lot of great intense feeling) the mate of their dreams coming into their life, yet they never date and never attend social gatherings, then they would be limiting the means for the Universe to set up circumstances in which they could meet their ideal mate. That’s not to say it couldn’t happen in some other manner, but it does narrow the means for the manifestation of their desire. After emotionally aligning with the type of person they want to be with and feeling what it would feel like to have such a relationship, it’s time to get out there and interact with others.

We have to personally assess whether we are far too action oriented or if we spend too much time working with our emotions. I have been at both ends of the spectrum during different times in my life. I worked a job for years that was extremely physically demanding, even to the point of incurring multiple injuries, which required surgery. The rewards and benefits were no where near being equal to the amount of effort I put forth. I was emotionally unhappy and unfulfilled at this job, yet I tried to compensate with more and more action. And I’ve also been at the point where my emotions ruled much of my life, as I spent far too much time over thinking every decision and choice I made. In all honesty, this latter scenario is an ongoing situation that I continue to work through.

I’ve found it’s really about striking a balance. When we lean too far in one direction or another, the results we are receiving will begin to reflect this. Our life experience always sends us signals when there is too much imbalance between our actions and emotions. On the other hand, when we are firing equally on all cylinders emotionally and physically, the desired results flow to us smoothly and easily. Even the things that would normally appear as roadblocks become minor speed bumps along the way.

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« Reply #1 on: Nov 30th, 2007, 08:37am »

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FORGIVING OUR PAST
KEY TO UNLOCKING JOY


Season of Shadows
by John Wolfe
November 28th, 2007

One of the concepts I initially found challenging about living more in tune with the creative abilities of my emotions was the idea of letting go of past anger, regrets, and disappointment. However, its essential we do this if we wish to continue seeing an emotional evolution within ourselves. This evolution will immediately begin showing up on the exterior of our life experience as well. Its a win-win situation. Not only will we feel better, but we also will begin to live happier lives that are more in tune with the underlying purpose of why were here. Once this becomes our predominant state of being- anything we desire becomes achievable because we will have unlocked one of the true keys to ultimate joy- the unflappable belief in ourselves!

When we harbor ill will and hurtful feelings towards others, due to past circumstances and events, we are speaking volumes about the doubt and disbelief we have about our own life experience and our own abilities. If we were truly in a secure place of joy and happiness, the behavior of other people, no matter how much it seems to impact us, could never affect what we are presently feeling, thinking and living- at least not for any length of time.

Ever since my childhood Ive been an obsessive compulsive person, so its taken extra effort to make peace with anything from my past (this is an ongoing process), which I tended to obsess over. Because of this, I didnt make any large strides for years in the evolution of understanding my own emotional power. I primarily yo-yoed back and forth between the same set of disempowering feelings; these usually followed a pattern of depression to resentment and back again. I was not directing my emotions and thoughts toward better feeling ideas and I continued to retain many angry and bitter feelings about experiences from my past.

Ive reached an understanding that the entire spectrum of events during my lifetime has served me well. While many, as they were occurring, were not necessarily enjoyable, they all have brought me to the culmination of my current life experience (which Im extremely happy about). I know without these past experiences, I would not be the individual I am presently. They also have been responsible for hewing out a clearer vision of exactly how I want my life to unfold. Without encountering those things, which were less enjoyable, I would have no clue of what I wish to pursue and experience.

As I dwell upon these types of thoughts, it tends to relax any tension I may have had about the past. This relaxation places me in a better mind set and this better feeling mind set continues to pre-pave my future experiences with more desirable circumstances.

While my above description for feeling better is somewhat broad, many times staying general in our approach and working towards anything which self soothes will help. However, there may be times we need to get a little more specific about ways in which we can relieve emotionally hung turmoil from our past. Specificity is important if we notice undesirable patterns and trends developing within our thought processes again and again. If a similar idea attached to a strong emotion continues to well up within us, then it may serve us to explore within these feelings. Once inside, we need to feel for ways to relax the hold they have over us. The positive in all of this is that we created these thoughts and emotions; we also have the ability to undo them. Whenever I approach something in this manner it doesnt always initially work, but it has helped me overcome many past psychological and emotional obstacles.

These repetitive, undesirable thoughts and emotions are indicators that we have developed resistance around a specific subject, which is exactly why the subject and the feelings associated with it continue to make their presence known. Remember, whatever we feel intense emotion (good or bad) about will continue to replicate itself in our life experience.

The first step in this process is letting ourselves off the hook for feeling this way. Its extremely common to get hung up on past hurt and devastation. Im a firm believer in honoring our emotions and not covering them up. Theyre there for a reason- primarily to highlight specific patterns in our thought processes. These are the subtle tip offs about what we are projecting outward and in turn drawing back to ourselves. We allow many old experiences to color our vision and our interpretation of both present and future events, often times without our realizing just how conditioned weve become at doing so.

Ill use an example from my life to illustrate what I mean:

Many years ago I was heavily involved in a relationship that was filled with a lot of hurtful interactions. I cared very deeply about this person, and while there were good times during the relationship- I chose to keep my attention upon the undesirable for quite some time after our break up. Because of the strong emotions and loyalty I invested for several years into the relationship, I initially felt justified in carrying around anger and resentment. After a while these feelings began to subside, however I could feel an activation of them, to different extents, when I would see or hear things that reminded me of her.

Never once did I try and take my emotional power back during the activation of these feelings. I simply reacted strongly to the environmental stimulus and allowed myself to reside in these emotions without making a conscious decision to work towards that which felt better. At this time in my life I was completely unaware of the ability of my thoughts, coupled with my emotions, to influence my reality and I certainly wasnt willing to acknowledge responsibility for all of the outcomes within my life. Because of my lack of knowledge and my disregard for the innate ability we all have to go towards that which feels better, I formed patterns of thought around certain circumstances and events that continued to cause recall of past memories.

While this is only one small example from my life, I could probably take this outcome and multiply it across all of the other major events I felt turned out in a negative manner. You can easily see how undesirable events from our past (if we hold onto them) can negatively impact our present and will continue to impact our future, unless we invest the time and work by taking back our emotional power.

Once I began understanding the concept of our thoughts creating our reality, I realized that I have the ability to alter my feelings (that used to feel so ingrained) about the past. And for all intents and purposes this is actually equivalent to altering the past (at a level of thought), when we consider that our emotional output is responsible for our reality. Using the example of my relationship:

Each and every time a negative emotion or memory would arise; I began envisioning something that was fun or beneficial during the times we were together. I really tried to feel those joyful feelings. By doing this I became more pro-active in my thinking and feeling and quit allowing my thoughts to think for me. In my consistency of finding thoughts that felt better, I began to reinvent my feelings towards her and how I filed those past memories. Did I completely erase the past hurt? No. But I did succeed in deactivating it from triggering within my thoughts and emotions. In my opinion thats almost the same as erasure of the hurt.

As time went on I realized that whatever I was wishing for others is also an internal indicator of what Im actually thinking and wishing (whether I consciously understood it or not) for myself. The more I replaced those negative emotions with positive ones; I began to see my old relationship in a new light. I started giving my ex-girlfriend the benefit of the doubt and also forgave myself for all the should have, could have, would haves. This in turn helped my self-esteem.

The interesting thing that happened after forgiving her and restoring my power around this set of events is that many other unrelated prior circumstances (which I was still holding onto) seemed to lighten up as well. They lost their heavy, thick feeling and I was able to view them in a lighter manner.

I do want to clarify as we take our emotional power back, it doesnt mean we actually must confront someone from our past. This is akin to enrolling ourselves in a personal form of AA and taking the steps. The important thing is that we make an internal amends. If you feel better by contacting the individual, then thats a personal call. But a caveat about such a decision- they may not be in the same emotional place you are about the subject. Thats why its about taking your own emotional power back by forgiving the past. We each create our own reality. They cant influence yours unless you give them that ability by relinquishing control over your feelings and thoughts and vice a versa.

The important thing to understand in all of this is that its always about doing that which provides the best feeling response you can feel from your current point of view. Anger or resentment may feel far more empowering for a while (especially if the wounds are fresh) and thats fine (remember to honor those emotions) but we must eventually move beyond any stagnation or else we relinquish our movement within the natural flow of our lives. As we stagnate, we cut off the vitality along with the manifestations of our desires.

This is why I believe that forgiving our past is one of the most important keys to accessing a joyful present.

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« Reply #2 on: Dec 10th, 2007, 05:41am »


SPIRITUAL WINDS OF CHANGE


Season of Shadows
by John Wolfe
December 8, 2007

After writing over sixty posts, I thought this would be a good time to discuss the evolution of the life experience as it relates to a process most of us detest - change. In writing an article like this, I usually hesitate to use the word growth. It has a tendency to indicate we are less than worthy if we arent purposely trying to achieve a form of self development. I like to leave such judgments out of my site, as well as my life. I believe theres nothing wrong with not becoming more intentionally aware of our origins or anything else for that matter, if thats what someone chooses. In the context of this post though, I would like to speak on the subject of growth via the inevitable factor of change.

The fact we are conscious and focused in this Universe means we are always in a perpetual state of growth and I dont just mean because of the aging process. While the main stream idea of personal growth is usually associated with an intentional undertaking, brought on consciously by the individual; the truth is we are ever growing and expanding entities as long as we have the ability to focus our consciousness. It cant be avoided. The constant motion of life and its phases see to that. This may not be textbook, life coaching personal development, but it is a form of natural development at the deepest level of our being. The willingness of our energy to move forth time and again to experience life in this plane of existence is one of the largest steps we continue to take toward inner growth. Some people may disagree with that last statement because they feel reincarnation is a cycle which is meant to be broken. I dont look at it that way, but Ill save that for another post.

Once in this environment, change is the catalyst for further growth; without it nothing would ever move or evolve. Its built into this system and will always allow for the continuing growth process of all things, including the process that most feel is the end game for all growth- the act of dying. The death transition serves as the method of change for growing beyond this environment and moving into another.

Change is whats responsible for helping us to make determinations about our life experiences. It gives us a perspective about whether or not we want to continue down the current path were on. Because the opportunity for change always exists, we know we have options available to us if we are willing to open ourselves up to them.

Change isnt a part of our reality because we are supposed to learn lessons and be good little humans. Its here to facilitate the momentum that propels us deeper into the experience. Its up to us if we wish to continue repeating similar types of experiences or associating with the same types of people. Without the momentum of change, physical life would cease to be worth pursuing because all natural progression would halt. Without progression we would have no ability to have continually expanding experiences, which is the reason we are here anyway.

Now, lets take this concept of change and apply it towards someone who has been intentionally pursuing the metaphysical, investigating the source of their origins, and working with the ideas of being a deliberate creator. As this person continues down this path, they will notice drastic changes within their thought processes and how they relate to the rest of the world. This is in conjunction with the natural change, which is always occurring within their life experience, yet extremely amplified due to the new concepts and revelations they are exploring.

Its quite possible for this person to change dramatically in a short period of time. When we work alongside the natural aspects of change its extremely possible to see quantum leap like development in our mindset as well as in what we are living. This is similar to the idea of going with the flow of where our life has taken us instead of trying to fight it every step of the way.

The majority of our culture does their best to resist change. They abhor it. They do everything in their power to prevent it from occurring, yet it still finds a way. We have to make peace with the idea of its inevitability. However, that doesnt mean we relinquish our dreams and desires in the process. It helps to remember the only reason our dreams can come true in the first place is because of change and the progression it brings forth.

Welcome change. Invite it into your life in a relaxed manner, as you work with the power of your creative abilities you will be amazed at how much faster manifestations become apparent.

Source: Seasons of Shadows
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« Reply #3 on: Dec 17th, 2007, 09:07am »


EFFORTLESS PASSIONATE CREATIVITY


Season of Shadows
By, John Wolfe
December 16, 2007

Ive been referencing the importance of following our passion a lot recently. It intrigues me to ponder and explore the underlying spiritual/mystical ingredients, which make up fruitful, passionate, creative experiences. Once we can identify them more clearly and how theyre evoked, we can intentionally bring these same ingredients into our lives. Ive often read if we want to make specific changes in our life experience or accomplish something, we should look to others who have achieved the same thing. By emulating their methods for acquiring success, and applying them to our own unique experiences we too can accomplish our desires.

If this emulation theory works for action based activities, why cant we apply the same principles for studying and implementing the energetic inspiration behind successful transformations and creations (no matter what they entail)? Its this energy that gets the ball rolling in the first place. If we are going to start anywhere, it should be at the source of the inspiration- with the type of energy that propelled the eager action.

By far and away, the people that have made major life changes (which actually stick) and are experiencing consistent joy in their lives, are the ones who have found ways to follow their bliss. But what is it about following such pursuits that seems to tap us into an expanded state of awareness? Why, when we are enthusiastic and raring to go, are we more expansive and full of a zest for life? Why do we feel unstoppable and on fire during such endeavors and why do the results make all other attempts pale in comparison? Of course these activities fuel our juices, but theres something else responsible for the amazing outcomes produced from residing in these states of being.

I believe its the sheer act of creating from a place of effortlessness that brings us into the close proximity of our full power. When we passionately create, without over thinking and managing, we become a conduit for the most positive aspects of Universal energy. To be completely submersed in the moment of creation is to be the full embodied essence of who we are. To be consciously, enthusiastically aware of what we are sculpting or molding, while simultaneously allowing it to naturally flow forth is such an ideal state of being. I would wager that some of the worlds greatest ideas and creations have sprung forth from this exact place within the minds that formulated them. Experiences like these are the true meaning of passion. In fact, this is the place where the brilliance within each of us emerges from. Were all capable of it.

However, the manner Im describing is actually far less common than the traditional way of creating. Most create while simultaneously being in a place of critique and judgment. They are usually doing it during the entire experience or are concerned about others doing it for them after they present their creation. Its a process of letting go and unlearning our old ideas of attaching our self worth and value to what we build. This doesnt mean we dont allow ourselves to feel while we create. It means we dont over think the process. If we are constantly in our heads, our creative passion along with the end product suffers.

I believe the main ingredient (when combined with balance between thought and action) resides in the passionate emotions of the free flowing creative process. This isnt about forcing ourselves to make something happen. And its definitely not about forcing ourselves to do something we arent fired up about. Its about feeling for it. If we cant feel it, it wont seem effortless and free flowing. If its not effortless, then its not evoking our passion and we wont make a change. Effort less doesnt mean zero effort; it only means less of it. It means dropping the attitude of trying and adopting the attitude of doing, but doing only because not doing seems like missing such an amazing opportunity and experience of creating. In other words, it will take effort, but if youre following something you love, the effort will seem like so much less. Its from this state that your hands appear to be guided by an automatic power.

Passion and creativity are not about tricking ourselves into pursuing something for the sake of doing it and assuming the results will show. In fact, thats the opposite of passion. Its about feeling so in tune with what we are doing and the path we are pursuing, everything becomes automatic. Automatic is a lot like effort less. It too means action may be required, but we wont moan or groan when it comes time to take that action. We just automatically do it and thrive on continuing to do it. This illustrates why many people are receiving mediocre results in life even though they are taking tons of action. Its because theyre taking passionless effort full action, which has no meaning or value to them. Its because their action is out of tune with what they care about. It bares no semblance to the free flowing movements and motions of someone thats creating in tune with their desires. The Universal energy is still there, but its extremely stifled in an individual thats operating at a no passion, effort full level of existence.

While I fully believe we come forth to experience life in whatever way we each see fit to create it- we can only see fit as far as our beliefs allow us to see. We can only allow into our life experience that which reaches as far as our most limiting belief in ourselves. If we believe life is about struggle and doing something we hate, simply because thats just how things are, the effort full experience will persist for us. If we begin to remodel our view on life, reality, and how we interact with it, then it becomes easier to understand the importance of following our bliss and what we personally value. And not only the importance, but the knowledge that this is the route to all the things we find more desirable.

George Burns once said, Id rather be a failure at something I love, than a success at something I hate. While I agree with the sentiment in his statement, I have to say I dont agree with his measure of success. Once weve found a way to consistently pursue something we are in love with, we are already a phenomenal success. All of the material things our society associates with success can only come, in a meaningful manner, once we are pursuing our bliss. While others may achieve material success doing something they hate, it wont be the type of creation (I spoke of earlier) that sticks. Its a fleeting, hollow form of success. And hollow forms soon collapse because they lack the feeling of effortless, passionate creativity.

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SELF TRUTHS
Part 1


Seasons of Shadows
By, John Wolfe
December 20, 2007

Ive been working on some ideas for making the spiritual philosophies contained in this site easier to navigate. As the total number of blog entries continues to grow and expand it can be a little overwhelming as where to begin.

With that thought in mind, todays entry marks the first in a series of installments Im calling Self Truths. These posts are designed to concisely highlight and summarize many spiritual/metaphysical tenants that serve as guidelines for my life. These are the ideas, which fuel my desire to continue intentionally expanding, exploring, and sharing information through my writing and podcasting. Ill be periodically adding additional parts to this series every month.

The entries in these installments can be read singularly or can serve as a hub for visitors. A variety of them will have been mentioned in previous writing or will be mentioned in the future. Ill be providing adjoining links to the posts which will elaborate further. This will make it easier for everyone, but especially for the new visitors to get right to the heart of my philosophies and then work their way out into more detailed posts. Some are concepts and ideas Ive learned and adopted, while others reflect upon my own experiences and inner feelings.

While all of these premises are true for me, I hope you can find some beneficial information within them, which resonates with you as well. The following items are not listed in any specific order of importance.

1. Appreciate simplicity and be one with it as much as possible:

Ive found the more I focus on the simple things in life, the happier I am. Of course theres that adage about simple pleasures for simple minds, smiley but I choose to ignore that old saying (see truth number 2 for my reason why). Its when I begin to overcomplicate my life that I experience dramatic increases in stress, anxiety and fear. These complications usually show up in the form of trying to force my life experience to unfold, rather than allowing it to do so naturally. I stay very active in following my dreams and desires, but Ive learned to back off of the attitude of controlling and micromanaging them.

This tenant is true of my material possessions as well. While I see nothing wrong with someone else acquiring vast amounts of material wealth; I choose to only posses primarily what I need. No matter how much financial abundance I bring into my life- I will always choose a more minimalist approach to owning things. This is not because I dont feel worthy of many material possessions. On the contrary, Ive come to know of just how worthy I am, but instead its because gadgets, gizmos, lavish homes, fancy cars, etc. just dont hold my interest. Ive never really been into those things, but Ive noticed even less of an interest as Ive come to know more of a connection with my inner self.

Lets take a look at what Dr. Wayne Dyer has to say about simplicity (through the wisdom of the ancient sage, Lao Tzu) on page 183 of his book, Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life:

Practice allowing your essential nature to shine by not enforcing judgments on yourself that were imposed by others. Remind yourself that you dont have to do anything: You dont have to be better than anyone else. You dont have to win. You dont have to be number 1 or number 27 or any other number. Give yourself permission to just be. Stop interfering with your unique natural being. Lighten the burden you carry to be productive, wealthy, and successful in the eyes of others; and replace it with an inner assertion that allows you to access the *Tao [*translates to the way].

2. Never internalize the critical comments of others and work to release self doubt:

This used to be a stumbling block of mine for many years. I still occasionally allow the critique of someone else to become personal. However, Ive come to understand that as someone else focuses upon negative aspects in anything I do, it has more to do with the person whos making the negative comments than it does with what Im doing. Its an indication theyre in a state of self loathing and are lashing out at others to feel better- which is actually ok. That may sound weird, but we all need to work our way through our disempowering emotions to eventually feel better.

However, Im not going to take on someone elses baggage to aid them in coming through their negativity. Im more of a benefit to them by allowing them to work through their issues, while I stay in a positive state about who I am. Battling and fighting them over their comments only perpetuates more of the same. Not to mention, it takes me from a grounded, centered place within myself and drags me down into those same disempowered emotions and thoughts.

The way we view ourselves plays a huge factor in how were treated. If were always beating up on ourselves and doubting our self worth, then we cant expect anyone else to find the very value we choose not to see either. This tenant is sometimes easier said than done. Especially for someone who has internalized negativity for years. It strips away awareness of self and confidence.

To work my way out of self doubt, I had to realize I couldnt use anyone elses standards or measurements for determining the value of my experiences- even if those measurements reflected kindness and positivism. There are as many opinions out there as there are people, but the only one that ultimately matters is our own. Sure, its nice to hear the kind comments of others; however we should never over internalize them. If so, we become dependent upon their constant approval. I acknowledge the kind things people say and I really do appreciate it. In fact, I encourage all comment participation on this site through emails, blog comments and have even given out my phone number in my podcasts. However, I also do an internal check, making sure my opinion of self is strong enough on its own, without always needing anyone elses approval.

The bottom line is: we should appreciate kind comments and give as many meaningful ones as we can. However, never become dependent upon someones approval or become disgruntled over their disapproval. Other people have many, many things occurring in their own lives and they cant always pay positive comments toward what we are doing. When we are in a state of connection to our own self worth, we will be in touch with the creative energies of source. We will know we are valuable contributors to the life experience, whether others are noticing that fact or not.

Related info: Intentionally Reclaming Our Power

3. Never make comparisons between myself and others:

This point shares much in common with number 2. Its similar in many regards, but where Ive learned to make a distinction is with the aspect of competition. When I compare, I compete- even if its only on the inside. I set up a test of my self worth, based upon how well I do, by viewing myself or my work through the lens of someone elses creations or standards, and thats never beneficial.

Many people believe competition and competitiveness is a healthy state of being. While it may seem to up an individuals game, it actually is simultaneously serving to disconnect them from the awareness of their true self and the connection to others through unity and equality. It creates a lack mentality and causes people to believe they are only valuable if theyre getting theirs. It sets up a mindset of a reality where there are winners and losers; along with buying into the severe social repercussions for being the latter.

If I find myself becoming comparative/competitive, I only have to spend some time pondering over the state of being, which exists in nature and I see the fallacies in buying into competition. The natural environment provides for all living things, which reside in it (unless man becomes overly destructive of portions of it). Theres no competitive mindset in nature. Sure, we have the Darwinian concepts of survival of the fittest, but who coined that term? Man.

Plants and animals are not concerned over who has bragging rights. While some animals fight to show dominance, its hardly stemming from a place of being braggadocios and creating inequality. Its primarily to establish mating patterns for extending bloodlines or for protecting food sources. All things in their natural state simply go with the flow of their environment. They just are. They trust and allow without worrying over whom and whats better or worse.

And that does it for my first installment of Self Truths. Ill be adding part 2 to this series very soon.

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« Reply #5 on: Dec 25th, 2007, 06:58am »

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Q & A: WHY DO WE FEEL
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Seasons of Shadows
By, John Wolfe
December 24, 2007

Question: I suffer from bouts of depression and you said youve experienced the same thing. Ive tried working with my emotions and changing my thought processes to feel better, but I still find myself hitting rock bottom a lot. If we are God, as you say, then why do we feel negative emotion?

Answer: I too occasionally have moments where I can feel myself slipping into that state of mind. I spent many years of habitually riding the rollercoaster of depression. I have to let myself off the hook on this subject, quite often, because I know I didnt get into a routine of being a depressed person overnight. It took many years of thinking and feeling undesirable thoughts which stripped me of my power. These thoughts eventually developed into consistent responses within my brain, bringing on my states of depression even faster and more consistently.

There are tons of psychiatric based self help books addressing this subject; however the vast majority of them miss the underlying cause (in my opinion) for why people feel depressed. The field of psychiatry refuses to explore and acknowledge why human beings are even having the life experience in the first place. They believe the entire array of emotions can be explained away by chemical responses and the firing or misfiring of neurons in the brain. Hence, the billion dollar industry of pharmaceutical drugs targeted at people with emotional and psychological issues. Im not placing quotes around those terms to mock, but rather to illustrate more of the labels we place on people.

The feelings of depression and negative emotions in general are there for an excellent reason. The more we try to suppress those responses (via drugs or trying to ignore them) the more they come out in other ways. Negative emotions, such as depression, are letting us know what we are focusing upon and doing isnt working. When we defer to taking meds, we still continue many of the same patterns and routines, which elicited the depressed feelings; yet now we are performing them under a misty suppression of our true emotions. Its little wonder many people take meds for these issues their entire lives. They never get around to addressing the cause because theyre too numb to feel for it.

Our emotions (and thoughts) are literally the language of the soul and serve as the tool for creating within the physical and non-physical Universes. They provide a constant link up between our human selves and the god source creative energy flowing through us.
Yes, they have a chemical basis in the brain, but thats not their only mechanism for functioning. Those chemicals are only the physical representation of our feelings, just as our bodies are only the physical representation of our consciousness in this plane of existence. Feelings and emotions, like our consciousness go far beyond these bodies and brains.

When trying to understand why we experience negative emotion, beside the obvious answer- because we can; I always look to the explanation of one of my favorite teachers: Abraham-Hicks. They (Abraham) explain the cause of our negativity is because we are holding ourselves in a position our source energy will not simultaneously hold with us. Now you might be thinking, wait a minute, he just said WE are god. We are god-source energy, but we also are these physical identities which function with human brains. The source energy which flows through us is only capable of experiencing love, joy, abundance, wellness, ecstasy etc. In other words, it only sees things from an ecstatic, thrilled emotional point of view.

When we, from our human perspective, feel anything less than desirable emotional states, we are receiving valuable communication from our source. This communication is informing us were in the process of detaching from sources point of view. We absolutely are god, but as we are a form of god thats physically focused, were also commingling with these physical vehicles. Its up to us how much of the full embodied god source point of view we choose to let through at any given time and our emotions are constantly clueing us in to this fact.

While I agree with Abrahams teachings on this subject, I understand it may be difficult for some people to absorb. An option to looking at negative emotion from Abrahams perspective is to understand that negative emotion is an unnatural state of being. This is why we feel uptight, anxious, stressed, scared, etc. when we are thinking negative thoughts. Our bodys natural state is one of being relaxed and happy. This is where we function at our highest capacity. Its all about finding anything (thoughts and activities) which brings us out of our negative or depressed states. Sometimes this wont happen overnight. Its a process of practicing and actively working with our emotions on a consistent basis.

The more consistently Ive worked with this information, the better Ive felt. While I still have rough days from time to time, I notice a lessening in the duration of my states of feeling upset or negative emotion. Prior to consciously working with my emotions, I would get into a funk for days on end. Now Im able to turn something around within a few hours or even in just a few minutes. From time to time, I also experience days of amazing joy. More extreme than anything Ive ever felt before. The feeling is so intense I feel like I could burst wide open. Its almost too intense to take. These are the days when Ive caught glimpses of what it feels like to be completely in sync with the source thats flowing through me. My goal is to continue working towards experiencing days like this all of the time.

The key is to be consistent in practicing to always feel for thoughts and emotions that help you feel just a little better incrementally. Remember, it took each of us a long time to pick up our negative distrustful thoughts. It takes practice, each and every day, to find something that feels better to think about or focus upon. When you start having a bad day, let yourself off the hook for feeling that way. If you beat yourself up over it, you only continue to separate yourself further from your true power. Its natural for everyone to have undesirable emotions from time to time, even people who are consciously aware of how important a role our emotions play in creating our life experience.

If you havent done so already, you may want to read my articles Ive listed in the related posts below. All of these have fairly lengthy descriptions on the techniques I use and recommend for working with our emotions and ways to come into the full awareness of our source capabilities and power. If you still have more questions or need anything else, feel free to contact me anytime.

This will probably be my last post before the 25th, so Id like to wish all of my visitors and their loved ones a Merry Christmas.
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Season of Shadows
By, John Wolfe
January 9, 2008

Once we begin opening up to a more conscious spiritual awareness and taking the road less traveled, an interesting thing often occurs. Many of our past relationships and experiences cease to fit into our current view on existence. We may find we have less of an inclination to spend (as much) time with friends and family who continue to view life in the same manner we used to perceive it.

As we move away from our old habits and interactions, we may find ourselves in a sort of no mans land. Our personal experiences prevent us from going back to the activities, interactions and ideas we used to believe in, yet we arent quite sure where the direction were headed is taking us either. Its at this time we must trust our own inner guidance more than ever.

As our view of the Universe and our place in it continues to expand beyond our old concepts, we may find ourselves consistently drawing in brand new information and ideas. This is when it becomes even more important to determine the validity of these new ways of thinking, as they apply to our personal experience.

If we dont sort out the way information feels as it comes to us, then we risk trading our old habits and thoughts for more of the same, only this time applied towards the new ideas and beliefs. There seems to be a situation among new age teachings and spiritual ideas where those who hold strongly to the ideas are often doing so without testing their validity or resonance with the information. They break free from their older limiting ideas to adopt these new mind opening philosophies. However, in the midst of this new information they settle right back into a dogged attitude that these new ideas are now the only way to go for everyone forever.

I have been having similar experiences myself recently. Its not that I ever lost sight in understanding that no one teaching can work for and apply to everyone. But I have found myself feeling guilty when I start questioning aspects of certain popular metaphysical teachings and ideas. I have to remind myself that we must be skeptical, to a certain extent, to continue to expand our awareness of the life experience. If we werent somewhat skeptical initially, then many of us never would have thrown off the trappings of old concepts and dogmatic rigid beliefs. We never could have discovered the road less traveled had we not begun questioning common, blindly accepted views and ideologies.

A degree of skepticism can be an important tool to use anytime we come across new concepts. However, Ive learned not to confuse skepticism with cynicism and closed mindedness. Its imperative we weigh out a new idea or concept (or even an old one weve adhered to) and perhaps try seriously implementing it into our experience prior to adopting it or casting it aside.

Keep in mind we want to be careful to not throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater here. Sometimes, certain parts of teachings and ideas may successfully apply while other parts arent serving us. Hold onto the parts that are working and release the rest, without always feeling the need to abandon the entire philosophy. While its true, we must fully believe in something for it to work, theres no point in pushing forward with an idea while our gut may be telling us otherwise.

Although, being skeptical seems to be the opposite of believing, it can actually be a vital resource for strengthening our beliefs and taking them to the next level. Once weve gone through the process of weighing out an idea, applying it and finding out if it works for us, then our impression and attitude toward the experience (and the concept) will be positively reinforced. Our belief can then move into a feeling of knowing and expectation, which can be a thousand times stronger than the initial belief.

Beliefs are fantastic, but are often built on blind faith which was never tested in the first place. If we take everything on faith alone then theres always room for nagging doubts in the back of our mind. Its these very doubts that serve to undermine our intentional progression forward. By testing these ideas and beliefs, we can strengthen those which are working for us and release the ones which are riddled with doubt.

When a concept or idea doesnt fit into our current experience, we should let it go without feeling guilt or worry, despite the fact it may be extremely popular and working for others. It may be worth implementing again at a later date, but from our current perspective, it just doesnt fit and thats ok. Ive found if an idea has any merit in my life (even though Ive disregarded it at a specific time), it will find its way back to me when Im better prepared to look at it again.

This whole concept of testing can be tricky when we already understand our thoughts are responsible for creating our reality. In other words, if we are initially skeptical of something then doesnt that mean weve already doomed ourselves to a negative outcome prior to implementing it into our experience? That could be the case if we approach it from a point of harsh cynicism. However, Im suggesting we test it from a balanced good feeling place within ourselves. I dont believe being skeptical has to be equated with severe doubt or negative thoughts and emotions.

Even though we are all one in this experience, we still have our own unique and varied ways of taking our individual journey. This is one of the paradoxes of life. The idea is to come back to the understanding we are all interconnected (as esoteric philosophy has stated for centuries and science has recently validated); yet find a place of happily allowing each piece of the whole to determine its own way. This is why I stress that my readers only take away from my writing that which feels good and resonates with them.

Always stay open to new information, but feel your way through it and test its validity for yourself. You may be only a step away from moving beyond blind faith, beyond belief and uncovering a rock solid knowing of your abilities and your greatness.


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