Category: Practical Spirituality

Symbols of Spirituality: Electricity

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ElectricalsocketLife is like an electrical charge. Energy itself is neutral. It will work whether we plug it into a TV or a tablesaw.

We make it feel good or bad with our choices, but we can always make new choices that feel better.

It's like our thoughts, or our prayers. If we focus our energy and attention on what we don't like or want instead of what we do like and want in our lives, we are giving those things our energy.

We are the socket and we give our energy to whatever we allow to be plugged in to us. Does that make sense?

Even if we pray for something bad NOT to happen, we are investing more thought into the negative than the positive. Keep your energy and attention focused on the positive!

 

Symbols of Spirituality: Clothes

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Change clothesLife is like changing clothes. You have the power to change your life by changing your thoughts.

It doesn’t mean the outside world or other people change, it is our approach and our point of view that changes, and that makes all the difference.

Actually, there's a lot more to clothes. "Clothes make the man," they say and popular shows like "What Not to Wear" show the power between how we feel about ourselves, and how we show ourselves to the world. 

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Symbols of Spirituality: Bean Bag

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You’re just hanging out in your body for a limited time. You are perfect just the way you are. You are exactly where you are meant to be. Enjoy the experience.

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Oh that icon of pop culture, the bean bag. I chose it because no uptight person would ever choose to sit in one. It's a symbol of hanging out & relaxing.

And I thought the image of a body suit on a hanger was a little disturbing.

Synchronicity, Symbolism & Giant Stone People

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I recently experienced one of those moments when it seems that a glimpse of the grand design is revealed, even if only for a second, in seemingly insignificant ways. It happens to me every now and then, and yet it still surprises and excites me, and inspires me to believe that there is a purpose and a synchronicity in operation beyond what I am able to see and understand.

I was at the doctor’s office, and since I expected to wait for over an hour if not two, I brought some books to read that can be expected to have a fair amount of overlap.  “Man and His Symbols”—an exploration of Carl Jung’s work with the subconscious, and “The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers”—which is based on Joseph Campbell’s study of the Hero's Journey in “Hero with a Thousand Faces”.

Jung’s colleague, ML von Franz, explained that the Self is often symbolized by stone—perhaps because they are complete, unchanging and lasting. “Many people cannot refrain from picking up stones of a slightly unusual color or shape and keeping them, without knowing why they do this. It is as if the stones held a living mystery that fascinates them. Men have collected stones since the beginning of time….”

Buddha-galVihara She says that this is why practically all civilizations have the urge to erect stone monuments to local saints or heroes, on the site of important or religious events, or to express an otherwise inexpressible experience. From the alchemist’s Philosopher’s Stone to the Ka’aba in Mecca, from huge stone Buddhas to Mount Rushmore, people are moved to create and identify with stone monuments.

Then I read in The Writer’s Journey: “the Statue of Liberty is a recurring symbol of the immigrant dream, a lighthouse beckoning the newcomer… The Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France to the people of America , is a colossal example of the ancient practice of sending statues of gods and goddesses from a founding city to its colonies to connect them by a psychic thread, a religious tie. …”

More giant stone people!

This particular passage I was reading was a mythical analysis of the film “Titanic” and the ideas of the time in which it was set. Moments later, as I pondered the synchronicity of the ideas, I could hear Celine Dion singing the theme from Titanic over the waiting room TV. Weird!

Or is it just that I was in that moment, at the right place, at the right time, and I was open to all that it could bring? I think perhaps I was.

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Symbols of Spirituality: Bicycle (or anything that can be ridden or driven)

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 Zippo_BicycleLife is like riding around town. Because there are no wrong choices, there is nothing wrong with any of us. We are just taking different turns, experiencing different roads and different scenery.

We can always choose to turn another direction. And we can always choose to enjoy the ride.

  I chose a bicycle because of the sense of ease I had from childhood memories. Also because these were originally written for a 14-year-old boy. Bicycles offer the ability to really get a sense of the things you're passing, but it can work for a car, horse, whatever. See?

Symbols of Spirituality: Play Dough! (or just Clay)

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Plato-playdoh We’re life-sculptors squishing and shaping the raw energy to make our lives into works of art.

The material is there, we only have to do our part to shape it into a form we like.

 

<— Check it out! Plato out of Play-Doh!

Symbols of Spirituality: Movie Shoot

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Movie slateLife is like making a movie. When you make a mistake, it’s a miss-take, and you just take it again.

Re-shoot the scene. Take 2!

If you've ever noticed that life seems to keep bringing you the same situations in different disguises, it's because the Universe is giving you another chance to try again. Try a different approach this time!

Symbols of Spirituality: Video Games!

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What? Video Games? Why not?  Everything in the outer world was created from the inner world, and everything we see outside reflects our inside back to us. It's all in how we choose to look at it.

Videogame We’re on a journey, a spiritual adventure, and there is no wrong choice.

Like in a video game, we can either make it to the next level of challenges, or we can stay on the same level. It’s up to us what we want to experience.

 

<— Going old school with Donkey Kong!

Symbols of Spirituality : Costumes

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Sumo_Suits We are energy, or spirit, experiencing life in a physical body (what James Ray calls “a meat suit”) in the physical world.

(<—-Sumo costumes)

In Medieval times, European Royal Courts hosted masquerade balls in which people attended in mask and costume as part of elaborate allegorical pageants, allowing them to connect to religious or cultural traditions through the ritual. Think of Mardi Gras – costumes and revelry to celebrate Fat Tuesday, before serious stuff like Ash Wednesday and Lent kick in.

Issues with Success

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For some reason, people have been congratulating me on my success lately, and I find I don’t know how to respond. Mostly because I don’t feel like much of a success.

Then I found a book that I bought as gift for a friend. And it gave me a good slap.  Of course, I can’t find the entry that woke me up now as I look for it, but it basically said that “it only seems like failure because it doesn’t look the way you wanted it to look.”

Robin Sharma, the Indian man who wrote “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”, offers little morsels of uplifting messages from the book in a Daily Inspiration format.  Some of the topics covered each month include:

Personal Greatness
Destiny and Life’s Purpose
Overcoming Adversity and Disappointment
Real Success
Humor and Strength of Character
Extraordinary Achievement
Building Remarkable Relationships
Enjoying Life’s Journey

Since I don’t feel like much of a success, it was the Overcoming Adversity and Disappointment chapter that got me. Here are a few faves, that I hope you will read at exactly the time YOU need them!

“You would not have the wisdom and knowledge you now possess if it were not for the setbacks you have faced, the mistakes you have made, and the suffering you have endured.  Once and for all, come to realize that pain is a teacher and failure is the highway to success. You cannot learn how to play the guitar without hitting a few wrong notes and you will never learn how to sail if you are not willing to tip the boat over a few times.  Begin to see your troubles as blessings.”

"Before a seeker reaches the final destination of her biggest self, she will be presented with a trial. Before she reaches the treasure she has longed for, she will be given a test. That’s just the way life works on the path. If you study any great book of wisdom that describes this voyage of personal awakening, you will see that the seeker—or the hero—always faces some trial or adversity just before he gets the prize: the life that has been desired.”

"Most people give up before they reach their dreams. Most people quit only steps away from getting everything they wanted. Don’t let that happen to you."