I've been having some great conversations recently with people about life, goals, creating more of the good stuff and working out the bad stuff. I am realizing more and more how much the mind and ego manages to gain control over even the most spiritual of practices. Our lives are full of rules, laws and beliefs. These aren't necessarily bad things, they help make sense of life, but they can also be incredibly limiting. It is hard to wrap our minds around some spiritual concepts... that is because these things aren't a matter of the mind, but of Spirit and the Soul. The dimension that our Soul operates on is limitless, the mind however is full of boundaries, explanations, walls and rules. Why? Because the Soul has no boundaries or concepts of time, every moment is the perfect moment. Most of the time these two cannot coincide peacefully, because the ego tends to bully the Soul into the back seat with some rather aggression notions that if it cannot be explained then it cannot exist. As wonderful as these concepts are, it is much harder to fully grasp and integrate into daily life- likely because the realm of the mind tends to be safer. Rules and boundaries are safe, we know what is "good" and what is "bad".
In the realm of the Soul, growth isn't linear, it is always expansive into all directions. In the realm of the Soul, wrong isn't necessarily bad, up isn't necessarily down and life doesn't happen to us. It always comes back to the experience. You are here to experience life, this world, relationships. You are not here to perfect or pin down every little detail. Experience gives you wisdom and this wisdom is derived from being both wrong and right, good and bad. The mind has convinced you that your entire life is one giant high school and each relationship, job, opportunity is a class and you either pass it or fail it- and god help you if you fail it. When (and only when) you graduate this high school you will get happiness, peace, love, power, etc. Reality is though, that for the Soul it doesn't matter. You could do everything or nothing... that decision and that affect ends up with you and your Soul's growth. The less you do the less you experience the less you grow. Is that a bad thing? No. You aren't going to receive damnation or judgment for how much or little you achieved. But it is a negative thing because you are denying yourself the ability for expansion. Going nowhere is just as limiting as going in the wrong direction. If you make a decision now that does not fully honor your Soul, you aren't going to be punished for it but at the same time it isn't going to help you evolve on your path... this is negative karma: a decision, action or habit that does not align to your Soul's higher path. We have loads of negative karma, but we are still functioning human beings who are living well. We are incarnated to work through this negative karma. So when you avoid action or take action that isn't aligning well you aren't going to be punished, but at some point in the future there will be an opportunity to work it out. That's how great the Universe is, when you mess up It doesn't rub the mistake in your face, It just gives you another opportunity to right your wrongs and realign to your path. Righting your wrongs isn't an action done for others, but for yourself. The ego, however, does rub mistakes in your face, reminds you of how dumb you are and how much you messed up which ultimately paralyzes you from seeking out opportunities to re-work your karma.
Our Soul's growth relies on the ability to move through these experiences (positive and negative) and learn more about ourselves within these experiences. We are not moving through these experiences to do them perfectly... we are moving through these experiences to do ourselves more perfectly. Besides- who judges that perfection? All that matters in your Soul's growth is YOU, you are going through these jobs, relationships, situations to learn more and more about who you are, who you are not and how you can behave in a way that honors all of this. You only mess up when you and your Soul's growth suffers.
You have your Divine Blueprint- the qualities, characteristics and skillset of your Soul which largely dictates how you can best maneuver the curveballs that life throws at you. But then there is also free will and choice, which says that you can react however the heck you want to react, even if it isn't honoring your Blueprint. Will a reaction work if it isn't exactly what your Blueprint dictates? Maybe, but it won't be quite perfect. You know when you react perfectly, because it gives you the perfect result that you have always wanted. The goal is to connect with the blueprint so clearly that you can shine it into the world you live in. When you are living a life that honors your blueprint you shine- you are the best version of yourself, others grow in your presence because of your inspiration, you have lots of energy to share because you aren't depleted from activities/relationships that don't support your blueprint.
You also have your Life Themes, which is a list of themes you are looking to explore as a way to further shine your Blueprint into this world. The key word is that these themes guide you, they don't make or break you. If a theme of yours is Love, you are not seeking to have love every where you go, you are seeking to explore and understand who you are in the context of love... this might mean loving relationships, or ones that lack love. This theme does not entail that you will have the theme in your life, but that you are working to understand how to shine in alignment with the theme.
Your Blueprint and Themes are here to remind you that the "when", "how" and "why" details of life do not matter quite as much as you want them to, these questions help the mind and ego to build structure around the problems of life. Although these structures can be comforting, they can also take you away from what really matters and that is, "what can I do today that will best honor my Soul's blueprint and themes?" Find a balance between the mind and the Soul... Look to the Soul for your answers then look to the mind for the directions to make it happen. When you find yourself paralyzed with the Hows, Whys and Whens of life, step back and step in.
Chelsea M Latham
When I was a kid my mom would occasionally refer to me as a Reverend, because I had the need to speak so passionately about just about everything. Little did she know that some day I would build a business upon sharing the wisdom that I am so passionate about. So here you go, here are some bits and bobs of thoughts strung together for your enjoyment.