By: Jennifer Deisher
We all have access to a higher creative, intelligent power and a beautiful spiritual vineyard where we each have our own sovereign plot. For argument’s sake, we’ll call this loving source of power “God” with an understanding that our power is something we are all seeking, whether we realize it or not. We begin learning to attract “things” by using The Law of Attraction and/or spirituality, but it takes a combination of modesty and discipline in order to practice this in a spiritual sense; not a place of ego. We become accustomed to giving our power away to authority and external things until we forget how to have an intimate relationship with God in a natural, organic way. It is up to us to plant divine seeds in our vineyard; using our free will to ask for tools that allow us to grow and learn. If we’re not feeling a little “dumbed down” from time to time, we’re not learning anything. Why allow ourselves to feel embarrassed or stupid for our own naivety? Compared to something all-knowing and all-encompassing, we are the equivalent of an innocent child. We can go about educating the child in kindness or belittle it in condemnation for being that which it is, a soul who is willing and eager to learn but still adolescent in the much bigger picture.
We have the individual skills to discover the emotional connection to our power but learning how to use it takes persistence and conscious awareness. The dichotomy is, we’re supposed to feel powerful but we should maintain a healthy respect for both God and our fears. If we don’t, we become like the hypocrite who preaches that God is the driving force in their life without building their spiritual house on a solid foundation of spiritual logic, the logos. We become experts at learning philosophy and giving advice without caring for what’s been given unto us as individuals, the Self. By identifying with someone else’s interpretation of something that can only be self-defined, we become our own golden calf and sacrificial lamb for thinking we can build a house without emotional, physical and psychological substance. We have to be willing to change and make adjustments to what we think we know by allowing spirit to move us where we need to be.
When the remedy you have offered only increases the disease, then leave him who will not be cured, and tell your story to someone who seeks the truth ~ Rumi
Spiritual bypassing shields us from the fallout of our reality, especially if we’re having a hard time coming to terms with something. In short, it keeps us disconnected from our true emotional state looking for something outside of ourselves to make us feel better. On the flip side, it says we’re seeking a spiritual path and it’s much better than some of the alternative coping mechanisms such as substance abuse. For instance, there’s a great deal of ideas and rhetoric about how to fix the world, even though what’s happening in the world at large may not be effecting our individual reality. Our spiritual “ego” is very good at telling us we have it all figured out when, in fact, we may be focusing “out there” because there’s something right where we are that we’re trying to avoid. With spiritual practice we learn how to confront our fear in a healthy manner, understand how we use it to feed imbalanced patterns and begin to quiet our thoughts in order to listen to the answers from withIN. When we don’t slow down and listen, we tend to find ourselves right back in a “fight or flight” state every time we become emotionally triggered.
Connecting to God is about building a bridge between the physical world and the spiritual world. Spiritual bypassing happens when we begin to awaken but quickly forget that we live in the physical world where there are many distractions to keep us from tending to The Vineyard. We use our knowledge and intellect to deflect the intimate connection with God because, in order to do so, we also have to face our own emotional, physical and psychological proclivities. We can’t heal something with God if we refuse to allow ourselves to be awake and aware to it. When we go about living only in a spiritual reality, and not drawing upon our experiences in the physical world, we go about denying ourselves the healing that God is offering to each and every one of us.
It’s not about making it right with others, it’s about making it right withIN. There is a profound spiritual significance to “confession” but confession doesn’t mean getting honest with a priest or a middleman – why would we want to connect with God by proxy? Participating in spiritual confession means bringing forth an emotionally honest and heartfelt revelation with ourselves in front of God about how we feel. We give it over to something with greater clarity allowing us to use the experience moving forward as we plant, weed, grow and harvest our vineyard plot of sovereignty. When we’re shown something we can’t accept, our circumstances continue to repeat themselves until we face it head on. It’s not always easy to find Truth when, in some cases, we have to question our own sanity right along with it. As love is patient and kind, we know there is a nurturing power holding space for us until we can confront ourselves into a place of acceptance. We don’t find our way out of darkness without a little post-traumatic stress sometimes; but God stays with us, gently asking us to have a change of heart so we can find our way home. We are our own atlas, the atlas that holds the weight of the world on its shoulders or the atlas that is the roadmap to salvation; it’s up to us to choose and choose wisely.
There is a logical interpretation to the message of Christ just as there is great relevance in the polarizing process of em-bodi-ment. The love of God, in its purest form, is not something we can assimilate in a short amount of time which is why enlightenment is a continuous progression. Embodiment is the integration of energy and we can feel it as we heal teaching us to recognize it as such. It goes toward familiarizing us with our own emotional resistance. With practice walking in grace, love, sovereignty and truth; we begin to objectively create with the energy of God rather than in spite of it. There is a difference between humbly giving ourselves over to a higher power in discipline and intimacy as opposed to giving that power away to the authority of another. When we don’t establish healthy boundaries we give away our dignity, integrity, self-worth and self-respect; essentially turning over the vineyard plot granted us by divine permission. If we’re not where we think we’re supposed to be, it’s because we’re not emotionally ready. We can’t throw the baby out with the bath water because we feel that the word makes us uncomfortable. In understanding the words, we also understand that they are action words designed to change our way of being and doing, sternly guiding us back on course collectively and individually. We don’t need a spiritual leader or elected official to connect with God but we do need Mother Earth, the garden and the womb. It’s a very simplistic and indigenous way to bond using the physical world as a “medium” of communication with the spiritual world. The Spirit of Earth responds when we court the elements through loving intention, the word of Christ instead of the idealism behind it.
We can go to church every Sunday or study theology our entire lives and still not make an emotional connection with what we’re reading and intellectualizing about. We are arrogant to think that we can out-smart, misconstrue truth or bypass our emotions with God. It’s up to us to swallow the medicine whether it be in the form of accountability, humility, discipline, intimacy or learning how to practice the concepts of Grace. How we choose to proceed with our own healing is up to us but God doesn’t show up for us if we don’t ask for our own salvation, especially when we won’t acknowledge where we feel “flawed”. We know that we’ve (truly) found our own revelations when we have transcended the roles of victim, martyr and/or oppressor of self and others. Energy flows where focus goes and it’s up to us to learn how to harness our energy from a place of love rather than placing blame for our problems. For example, if we’re fixated on the “end of the world”, we shouldn’t be surprised when we feel like the world is ending. If we want to come into unity, we have to recognize where we haven’t been united from withIN– emotionally and otherwise. We don’t just attract our thoughts, we attract our emotions. They call it spiritual practice for a reason, we have access to our own emotional space in order to absorb the rational interpretation of a loving presence. We become more aware of our own emotional, mental and physical hygiene; coming into an organic purity of the heart and soul. By encouraging an intimately balanced relationship with God, we learn how to have honest relationships with Self and others. We initiate a greater and more profound change in our lives by living The Golden Rule which leads us to those synchronistic moments that happen when we know Spirit is a moving and active force in our lives. With em-bodi-ment, the presence comes from withIN; we have a responsibility to realize that we are the physical manifestation of love in action, co-creating in God’s Vineyard.
“Drop your maps and listen to your lostness like a sacred calling into presence. Here, where the old ways are crumbling and you may be tempted to burn down your own house. Ask instead for an introduction to that which endures. This place without a foothold is the province of grace. It is the questing field, most responsive to magic and fluent in myth. Here, where there is nothing left to lose, sing out of necessity that your ragged heart be heard. Send out your holy signal and listen for the echo back.” ~ Dreamwork with Toko-pa
For more information about “The Word”, please read “Discover the Power Within You” by Eric Butterworth.
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