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Divine Purpose Guidework Clarity Class
Chapter - Clarity
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The one thing that everyone seems to be seeking, no matter where they are on their journey of life, is greater clarity. We desire clarity in our communication so that we aren't handed a pipe wrench when we are asking about types of rent. Clarity in understanding directions prevents calamity when the symbol for an exit ramp and that of a railroad track are not clearly distinguishable on a map. Spiritual clarity involves understanding the incoming stimuli and comprehending our own internal communication. Knowing the language of Spirit increases understanding as does knowing any language, set of symbols or range of textures. We use words to describe our level of clarity. We might say, "I'm a little fuzzy on that" or "I don't have a good feel for it." We speak of light and dark, and warm and cool as we describe how we perceive things. If we understand so clearly what clarity is, why is it that we are always looking to improve upon it? Fine tuning our aperture for clarity occurs in the quiet stillness of the soul. Focus clears as we find the perspective of greatest vantage. If we are too close to a situation we are less likely to view it dispassionately. Our perspective is hindered by our own involvement, preconceived ideas and resistance to alternative perspectives. If we are too far removed from a situation, we may be missing critical information that we would gather by allowing ourselves a closer inspection, allowing ourselves to get a feel for the situation first-hand.
We know how to improve our clarity:
"When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world. Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is the I Am that is deeper than name and form." - Eckhart Tolle (From the book, "Stillness Speaks")
To find the stillness in your soul, sit quietly for a space of time and focus, meditate. Meditation is quieting the mind and allowing. That's all it is. You begin where you are, and if you continue to do it daily, the depth and experience of your meditation will deepen. Don't force it; allow it. Don't try to meditate. If you try, you are struggling. Meditation is about choosing not to struggle.
As you empty your mind and allow your soul to become still, a deep awareness sets in. In this awareness, in the stillness of your soul, is the knowledge and understanding of who you truly are and that you are a part of everything, and everything is a part of you. There is no “I” in the stillness because there is no need for separation. The “I am” is the understanding that “I” is no longer a singular personage because in the depth of the stillness there is no “we.” There is only the one. When we become still and quiet we feel this connectedness. When we slow our breathing and flow into the space of love and peace where communication occurs through deep spiritual osmosis, a grand perspective unfolds. In this space there are no negative thoughts, feelings or emotions. All is pure, perfect unconditional love and inner peace. This is who we truly are. We can know ourselves more completely, more resolutely by stepping into the stillness of our soul.
It is easy in our busy lives to allow our focus to be directed by outside influences and to follow our focus where ever it may be captured. It is valuable for us to retrain ourselves to bring the administration of our focus under our own agency, our own authority.
Take a moment to consider a single flower. Close your eyes if you wish as you give your focus to the experience of examining a single flower. Visualize the rich vibrant colors of the petals and leaves. Imagine the texture of the soft smooth petals and the cool crisp stem. Allow your inner awareness to follow the sweet subtle scent of the flower without any unpleasant physical reactions as you contemplate the inner beauty of the lush center of the flower. Imagine, if you like, entering the forest of the inner structures of the flower from the perspective of a honeybee or a hummingbird. Give your focus to the energetic beauty of the flower. Feel its resonance. Feel the vibration of the colors in the light. Focus so keenly on the flower that you allow yourself to feel as if you are the flower. As you experience being the flower from this perspective, indulge in the thoughts and feelings of the flower. Acknowledge and appreciate what it is to be a flower in the divine order of nature. You will notice that the more you allow yourself to simply be in the experience instead of forcing yourself to control the experience that the clearer, more distinct your focus becomes. If you can gain such extraordinary insight from focusing on a flower, imagine what you could experience by giving your focus to your inner soul.
Changing your perspective changes everything. It’s true. Changing your perspective changes EVERYTHING.
* Spiritual Practice: Panoramic Perspective (the Big Picture)
Panoramic Perspective (the Big Picture) is looking at life from a greater vantage point. Clarity comes from looking through a wider lens. Imagine looking at a series of dots scattered on a wall. Up close they appear to be simply dots littering the paint. If you were to step back and see them from a distant perspective the dots might form an amazing work of art. A change of perspective can change everything.
For demonstration purposes, here is a closeup of an artwork. If you were too close to the image, you might only be able to see this portion.
Can you guess what the image is? Take a look at the whole image in the following link.
Liquid Ink 14 Guess Who by Mannon Charles Martin
Sometimes we have to step back to see the whole picture.
Imagine for a moment that someone in your life has a habit or behavior that you find very unpleasant or annoying. Let’s say that this person questions every idea you present. They seem to have a talent for instantly getting right to the questions that you haven’t quite worked out yet when you tell them about something you are considering. And they don’t stop at one question. They pick apart your concept, plan or idea. This happens each time you share your thoughts with them; but they are a part of your life. So you will, inevitably, repeat this experience even though you try to avoid sharing any ideas with them. From your perspective, this is a person you would prefer to avoid when it comes to opening up your inner thoughts to the world. This person is annoying, intrusive, overbearing and has no concept of boundaries or tact. That’s your perspective.
Now imagine that you have a trusted, beloved life-long best friend. This is someone you would share anything and everything with. This is someone who loves you more than life itself, and the feeling is mutual. You would make any sacrifice for your dearest friend. Imagine that you were going to embark on an exploration of places and experiences that were completely foreign to you. This expedition would be of great value, and it is something you desire to do with all your heart. Your dearest friend would be joining you later in the expedition; but couldn’t go immediately. So you and your friend enjoy your time together before you leave. You set your plans and make agreements. Your friend would rather be with you than anywhere else in the world and tells you how they will make it up to you for your time apart when you are joined together later in your journey. They will remind you of what is important. They will encourage you to follow your plan. They will assist you in doing what you set out to do. They love you more than life itself and would make any sacrifice to see you accomplish what your heart desires. This person is so close to your heart that they are practically a part of your soul. That’s your perspective.
Now imagine that there is a place where you are as a soul before you enter this lifetime. Imagine that your friends and loved ones are with you in this place. Imagine that you can see ahead something of what life you will be living. If your best friend who loves you more than life itself is in this space of soul gathering with you as you are preparing to embark on your life journey, you would have the experience we just discussed. Your friend would make any sacrifice to see you accomplish what your heart desires. They would even choose to come into your life as someone who is annoying, intrusive and overbearing if they knew that picking away at your thoughts and ideas would push you to think things through, to be certain of what you want to do before embarking on avenues that might lead you off your path. Your friend who would gladly give their life for you would do just that to become someone in your life who you might not enjoy; but who you truly need to keep you on your toes, to prepare you for what is to come and to charge you to be cautious when you might otherwise be frivolous or to be certain when you might otherwise be half-hearted. If you could know that this is why the person in your life annoys you so, you could love them more easily, more completely, even if they continued to be annoying. Changing your perspective changes everything.
As we seek to comprehend our own internal communication with clarity it is important to remember stillness, focus and perspective. We move into the space of the stillness of our soul with quiet focus and allow. The profound understanding that settles into our souls presents us with an enlightened perspective. Perspective is everything.
Affirmation Card: Clarity
Practice: Panoramic Perspective (the Big Picture)
Affirmation: I have perfect clarity from a wide perspective.
Soul Sign: Telescope
Please feel free to LIKE or TAG yourself on any affirmation card on the FaceBook page if you like it and would like to remember or share it.
* A full deck of affirmation cards is planned for publication after the book is published. Currently the artwork is not complete and the publisher has not yet been selected. There is, however, an introductory 12-card presentation set available ONLY at workshops. The first set is free to registered workshop participants, and each participant will have the opportunity to purchase additional sets at the workshop for a very modest cost. Card graphics are available for download in JPEG and PDF formats. Each card refers to the chapter subject and spiritual practice while including a related affirmation and a visual/mental clue to remember from within, a "soul sign."
Please Note: Hypnosis and holistic modalities are not a substitute for medical care. Consult your physician, therapist and/or other healthcare providers for health-related concerns.
Holistic practices concerned with issues related to body, mind and spirit complement conventional medical and therapeutic practices; but do not replace them.
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