Lightening Up

bubbles-smallBy Tanis Helliwell 

“When one door of opportunity closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” –Helen Keller

Seeking the Light at the End of the Tunnel

Everywhere I go people speak of the stress they are experiencing. This stress has intensified this year because of the unsettled world situation politically, economically, and most important environmentally.  These situations have created a great deal of fear and, when fear rises, joy declines. There is a kind of heaviness of spirit in the atmosphere that weighs people down. This means that people are no longer enjoying the beauties that life holds for them.

Perhaps we cannot control what happens in the Middle East, or to the stock market, or if our work in the world is currently in demand or not. But we are far from powerless. We have the choice each day about how we react to difficult situations and we can choose an attitude of peace, love and joy that nurtures our soul and the soul of others. But how do we lighten up enough to embrace these higher emotions?

Reexamine All You Have Been Taught

Walt Whitman once wrote “Re-examine all your have been taught; dismiss what insults your soul and your very flesh will become a great poem.” That is what we all must do currently. We can no longer look to leaders out there to solve our problems, and to give us codes to live by, we need to do this ourselves.

Are Your Former Goals Still Appropriate?

From time to time, we need to see if the soul goals we have been working on still apply. Goals change as we do and what makes us happy at 20 may no longer at 40. If we are relatively happy with our lives, and feel that our goals are more or less in keeping with our lives purpose, we need only make small corrections.

Sometimes, however, radical adjustments are necessary .For instance, we might feel that we have achieved the goals we set and now need new ones.. Or we might not have had such a positive experience. Rather than feel that we have actively chosen our life paths, we feel like victims. We accepted—without critical thought—what our parents or culture told us would make us happy and led that life. Perhaps, we chose a career for money and not for love. If this has happened, we may experience a deep depression in middle age when we realize that our chosen work is without soul and meaning. What follows is predictably a great deal of pain as we attempt to realign with the soul’s purpose.

Retreats to Refocus and Recharge Your Energy

During both scenarios, we need retreat time. Retreats could be time spent be ourselves at a cottage where we meditate, write in our journal and walk in nature. It could also be taking part in an organized retreat lasting from one week to several months.. Another option is to spend time with our family and close friends to rediscover ourselves and to grow together with people we love.

Some of us might need only a small adjustment to our life paths to bring more soul into our personal and professional lives. We might feel that we are relatively on track but that we are too busy, doing too much and need to take time to reassess our priorities.

Others of us might be experiencing a soul sickness, which is accompanied by varying degrees of anger, guilt, despair and continual anxiety. The solution to our “dis-ease” may elude us. We know what makes us unhappy, but may not be able to determine what would make us happy. We may hesitate to give up the security of our present situation for the unknown and stay even when we are miserable. We feel trapped and victimized, which adds to our despair. Our despair can have a serious effect on those around us and may lead to strained relationships and even their termination.

Letting Go and Lightening Up

During this process we need time out to create a space for a new thought to enter. We must empty ourselves of the old in order to birth our new life purpose. We must detach ourselves from old patterns of stability and willingly enter the chaos of uncertainty from which a new soul direction will ultimately arise. We cannot set a time for how long this entire process will take. It depends on how long it takes to release our old patterns. By engaging in this journey of discovery we find a new purpose for our life and rediscover joy.

Tanis Helliwell, a mystic in the modern world, has brought spiritual consciousness into the mainstream for over 30 years. Since childhood, she has seen and heard elementals, angels, and master teachers in higher dimensions. Tanis is the founder of the International Institute for Transformation (IIT), which offers programs to assist individuals to become conscious creators to work with the spiritual laws that govern our world.

Tanis is the author of Summer with the Leprechauns, Pilgrimage with the Leprechauns, Embraced by Love, Manifest Your Soul’s Purpose, Decoding Your Destiny and Take Your Soul to Work.

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