Still not sure?
I know the idea of “awakening” can sound daunting, difficult or serious (or perhaps too heady for some of you), but it doesn’t have to be! (And really, we know life itself throws that all in for us.)
Keep it simple.
Awakening is a process that starts with simple awareness, self-observation, of your circumstances, relationships, actions, words, thoughts, beliefs. Ok, and that requires a willingness to adopt some real look-in-the-fucking-mirror personal responsibility.
And then, rather than just going through the motions, pause. Ask yourself, "what or how would I like to be experiencing life instead?” Where are you unsatisfied, stressed out or suffering? What do you love and love to do? What is really important to you? What makes you feel at ease and alive?
You can think of it as self-correcting (if awakening isn’t your jam at this point).
Awakening opens you up to a life of curiosity, possibility, personal power, creativity, passion, beauty and, best of all, love. Every step of the way opens you up to more and more freedom.
And the exciting thing is that this is happening all over the world amongst a broad spectrum of people from all walks of life.
With the vast resources and information that we have access to, we simply owe it to ourselves and future generations to wake up.
One of the biggest challenges that comes along with this path is that not everyone is on it. The reality is that it’s just not that time in human history yet.
This is an extremely personal journey, and everyone is in a different place in their evolution.
In the process of awakening, we sometimes fight the need to tell everyone about it, how amazing it is, how good we feel, how much we are remembering about the truth of who we are and how desperately the planet needs us all to change... Truth is this can get exhausting and make you question yourself.
And so my invitation is two-fold:
1. Expand your community of friends. Actively find your people.
I realize that you may be changing faster than the people around you, even the ones you love. Have compassion for them. Watch your need to explain every detail of your transformation to others with the goal that they will “get you.” The truth is, they may never get you. And, it’s not their job to get you or to change themselves. It’s your job to accept them for who they are, releasing any expectation around how they should be or think.
Can you exist in your newfound truth and freedom and still hold them in a loving place? Can you see and cherish the beauty of who they are, exactly as they are? Can you just be and find your center and pleasure in the moment?
The truth is that you do need to find people you can relate to on this journey.
You need to surround yourself with a community of men or women who are at the next level.
Those people will be extremely important to you feeling connected and understood. They will play an vital role in helping you expand your ability to feel good and succeed in living your purpose. Those friends and mentors are essential and deeply meaningful. So do what you need to “fill your cup” with friends who want to talk about life, spirituality, awakening. Just don’t forget to be present with and accepting of those who are not.
2. Hold a part of your transformation sacred.
Sacredness implies high value, reverence and respect. In this way, you can feel that a part of your awakening is special, special enough not to want to cheapen it by broadcasting it where it’s not going to be valued or understood. Many of us do feel it is our duty to spread this message and play our part in shifting the consciousness of the planet. However, there is something beautiful in reserving a part of your practice, a ritual perhaps, that is just for you and spirit. Be aware of the ego's need for validation. Be aware of the ego's need to assign meaning or an immediate intellectual interpretation to a feeling, synchronicity or other experiences. By holding your evolution as sacred, you give it space, you don't ignore nor do you smother it. You begin to feel a quiet sense of being in awe of yourself as a part of the greater forces at work.
And so to close, I bow to you, in all your infinite potential, in honor of the spark of life that rests within you. Keep up the good work. The world needs you to believe in you.
With wild love,
Inspired by Marianne Williamson’s Enchanted Love Workshop.