Our Neuropathways affect Spiritual Consciousness

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With the advances in neuroscience, brain research as shown that physical wiring of the brain is effected by our thoughts moving through it. During periods of sustained attention, neurons will wire together to create neuropathways directly affecting what we experience in our lives.  Therefore, if our thoughts involve fear, worry, and doubt, then more neuropathways will wire together causing us to experience more of these feelings in our lives.

This is known as neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity,  and is defined as changes in neural pathways and synapses which are due to changes in behavior, environment and neural processes, as well as changes resulting from bodily injury.  Neuroplasticity has replaced the formerly-held position that the brain is a physiologically static organ, and explores how – and in which ways – the brain changes throughout life.

Therefore, in order to change our neuropathways, we must begin by changing our thoughts to compassion, kindness, and unconditional love. I have witnessed changes in people I have observed who have changed the course of their lives to more positive results in that they met their perfect mate, got the job in their chosen field, and found a community of friends they longed for.  The following posts provide specific methods and techniques to change our brain’s neuropathways as follows:  Rewiring the Hardwiring, Rewiring the Hardwiring II, and Rewiring the Hardwiring III.

These positive results began with changes in their thoughts, whereby their neuropathways began to change,  and resulted in concrete positive changes in their lives.  Along with these positive thoughts, practicing acceptance and surrender will bring further peace and bliss into ours lives.  It is wonderful to see that spiritual consciousness can be explained through modern science.  (Copyright 2013 Awakening Journey with All Rights Reserved)

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Kundalini Energy as Catalyst

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Happy New Year!  In the new year, it is an opportunity to reflect on what I have learned about myself.  Shortly after the rise of my Kundalini energy in March 2011, I began to realize what this energy means to the world, and what it means to be Kundalini active.  It is both a blessing and a curse. Shortly before the rise of my Kundalini energy, I met a Kundalini active man.  After my Kundalini energy rose, I interacted with him for about four years, and it became clear to me how  Kundalini energy serves the world.

Kundalini energy serves as a catalysts for change, but many in the world whom we encounter are not ready for this change.  We frighten many people because interacting with us is like looking into a mirror.  We mirror back to others what they are not able to see due to their egos. However, when they encounter our Kundalini energy, it allows them to see things about themselves.

Many people I encounter react very negatively to me, and find my energy heightens their problems within them.  For example, if someone is a codependent, their behavior will worsen around me. If they have low esteem, their fears of being unworthy will be heighted around me.  Many have blamed me for causing these negative emotions, when in reality these problems are within them.  Although we can trigger these negative emotions, these emotions already exist within them.

Because Kundalini energy serves as catalysts, once we have served our purpose, we move on.  Just as catalysts in a chemical reaction does not remain with the reaction, we too move on to catalyze others.  It is helpful to know the catalytic purpose we serve for others.

Since meeting this Kundalini active man, other Kundalini active individuals have contacted me to engage, but I realize that these individuals will not likely remain in my life as I understand their purpose.  We would catalyze each other to assist each other in our spiritual growth, but the interaction may be quite turbulent due to the nature of Kundlaini energy.

I have declined these invitations as I have chosen to travel alone on my spiritual journey. I believe my path is the clearest when I am the solitary traveler. (Copyright 2017 Awakening Journey with All Rights Reserved)

 

 

 

 

The Dark Night of the Soul of America

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As many of you have heard the United States elected Donald Trump to be our next President.  Some Americans are in deep shock, mourning, and grief.  The reason is President-elect Trump used hate speech, negative rhetoric, and sexist statements and behaviors in his campaign. Many Americans are deeply disturbed and distressed by the election results. How is it possibe that this man has been elected by the majority of our country?

As many of my readers know, I work on a college campus on sexually assaults and discrimination matters involving our students, faculty, and staff.  Many of our students have expressed fear for their safety. Our college president recently spoke to the campus to reassure us and to ask for tolerance and civility.  I will be meeting with our international students next week to educate them on where and how to receive assistance, protection, and support on our campus.

Amist all this turmoil, my higher self has risen to the challenge.  Her voice is louder than ever, and she is no longer a faint voice in the background, but a thundering voice of reason.  I believe that my personal spiritual journey of emotional healing has prepared me for what my country is about to face. One by one, countries throughout the world have devolved into hatred, violence, and corruption, even the ones we never expected.

Last Tuesday’s presidential election was the Dark Night of the Soul for America.  We are realizing that we don’t live in the country that we believe, we tolerate hate and violence, and we are complicit in oppresssing and marginalizing the less powerful and fortunate.  It is a dark place indeed.

As I have personally faced the dark night of the soul more than once, I too reflect on my personal losses. It is through these losses that I realized who I was and what I had become due to my life circumstances.  My life had devolved into victimhood, powerlessness, suffering, and perpetual physical and emotional pain. One of my greatest losses was my friend Patricia.  She is a spiritual, compassionate, and kind woman who helps the less fortunate.

I was so consumed by my abuses, traumas, pain, suffering, self hate, and negativity that she no longer could tolerate being my friend.  This is who I had become, and I lost someone I loved in my life.  To this day, I do not blame her for leaving me, as I had become intolerable to be around.  It was through these difficult losses in my personal life that forced me to take a deep, hard look at myself, and I did not like what I saw. Patricia reflected back to me who I had become, and I needed to take action to change myself and my life.

Five years ago, I worked in earnest to turn my life around.  I left my addictions, negative patterns, rage, and pain behind by confronting my past traumas, abuses, and negative patterns.  It was a dark five years for me, but I am now finding light in my life, although all of this is new and unchartered territory for me.

It is a brand new day in my personal life, and with this new found power, I shall share it with my students, community, and country.  This power is within each of us, but we must first face our own darkness, before we can find our power and light. (Copyright 2016 Awakening Journey with All Rights Reserved)

 

 

 

Our Neuropathways affect Spiritual Consciousness

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With the advances in neuroscience, brain research as shown that physical wiring of the brain is effected by our thoughts moving through it. During periods of sustained attention, neurons will wire together to create neuropathways directly affecting what we experience in our lives.  Therefore, if our thoughts involve fear, worry, and doubt, then more neuropathways will wire together causing us to experience more of these feelings in our lives.

This is known as neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity,  and is defined as changes in neural pathways and synapses which are due to changes in behavior, environment and neural processes, as well as changes resulting from bodily injury.  Neuroplasticity has replaced the formerly-held position that the brain is a physiologically static organ, and explores how – and in which ways – the brain changes throughout life.

Therefore, in order to change our neuropathways, we must begin by changing our thoughts…

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Light versus Darkness

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I have been contemplating the idea of light versus darkness for some time now. I have often wondered from where darkness comes as it appears to be within all of us, and just as light is within all of us.  Darkness is a response to fear.  It is the negative action we choose after fear has been triggered based on a prior negative experience or primal instinct with corresponding feelings of negative emotions.  I am not talking about danger from which we must protect ourselves, like an attack from a wild animal or mugger. I am talking about fear, the perception of danger.

If we do not have awareness to our choice of a negative response to fear, we may choose it automatically such as learned behaviors from our parents, family, community or society.  We will choose the negative response to this triggered fear every time. For example, the perception that immigrants are taking American jobs (triggered fear), and they must be stopped (automatic negative response).  When we have awareness that immigrant are not taking our professional jobs, but working at jobs most of us don’t want, such as migrant farmers, custodial workers, and housekeepers, we realize that we do not need to automatically choose the negative response.

Awareness is a form of intelligence that the human mind naturally possess. It is the ability to tap into this awareness that helps us make conscious choices rather than automatic ones.  How many times have we made choices after feeling fear and responding with a knee jerk reaction without conscious thought or awareness?  I believe we all do this every day with others without ever realizing what we actually are doing.

As fear is so pervasive in our society and used to motivate others, darkness appears to dominate in our world.  Light appears to be just a glimmer of hope in this darkness.  Until we have conscious awareness of intentional or unintentional triggers of these fears within us and the automatic negative responses we choose, we will continue to choose darkness in our world.  Light is not just a positive outlook, but a conscious choice to positive action that we make to help others rather than hurt others.  Therefore, living in light is a conscious choice. (Copyright 2015 Awakening Journey with All Rights Reserved)

Dark Night of the Soul

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When I first heard of Dark Night of the Soul, I thought it is an emotional nightmare or horrible physical ailment that we suffer during our spiritual journey.  Many have interpreted it as such, but I believe it is neither.  Dark Night of the Soul is when we come to realize that everything we believe to be our reality is really an illusion.   When we awake to this truth after death of ego, it is the Dark Night of the Soul.

During most of my life, I believed that my reality was that everyone around me was attempting to hurt me, that my suffering was caused by others, that my failures were caused by others, and that I knew who my friends were and who I could trust.  What I have come to realize about my truth is that what is white is black and what is black is really white.  The choices and decisions I made were by my ego, full of dysfunctions and addictions, and I engaged with those who behaved in these negative ways.

For many years, I was unaware that I was engaging in dysfunctions and negative behaviors and truly believed that it was the right thing to do and good for me because it helped me avoid my true reality. My childhood abuse and trauma clouded my ability to see my life clearly, and I continued a life of victimhood where I was stuck emotionally. However, after years of engaging in these negative behaviors and with those who engaged in them, I began to understand that I was the cause of my own suffering.  I had numerous failed relationships and friendships, felt unfilled and dissatisfied in my career, and felt emotionally stuck in my life.

In February 2012, I began to change my life in earnest when I left my marriage that was unworkable, a career that made me unhappy, negative behaviors involving infidelities, affairs, and addictions, and escape and running away behaviors.  In the past three years, I began to turn my life around.  I simply stopped hurting myself with my own choices and decisions by leaving behind negative behaviors and those who engaged in them.

After the Dark Night of the Soul when ego dies, there is a new beginning for each of us with a new life where we stop running after our illusions and begin to live our truth.  When we do, we will  live our lives at our highest potential through the path of our higher selves.  May you find your truth and live at your highest potential.  (Copyright 2015 Living Wide Awake with All Rights Reserved)