Many on the spiritual journey long for a deep spiritual transformation. We’ve been there and maybe you have, too. As we advance spiritually, we stretch limits to reach into the unknown and awaken to the divine presence of the soul. Within each of us, a beautiful butterfly is waiting to emerge.
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.
– Richard Bach
We often describe spiritual awakening and transformation as a reality shift or paradigm shift. As the caterpillar grows wings and learns to fly, each of us evolves and rises from one plane or perspective on reality to another, where everything is more expansive. We call this the Ultimate Paradigm Shift in our book and course by the same name.
This has been a key question and area of fascination for us over the years. We’ve explored the nature of the spiritual journey as seekers, coaching and healing students, then innovators and experts. We’ve always had a keen interest in spiritual transformation, along with the stages each of us must pass through as we awaken to our true identities.
We’ve studied a variety of spiritual traditions, scientific breakthroughs, and leading-edge perspectives. Like many people, we experimented with different things, and discovered that many are dead ends or slow roads that don’t seem to be worth traveling. Fortunately, for the last 20 years since we started Awakenings Institute, we’ve had the benefit of observing how transformation occurs in hundreds of our own students and clients.
Create more by doing less? There is a “value of doing nothing,” as Pooh’s Little Instruction Book noted.
First, let’s clarify. What does it mean “to do” something? In today’s world doing is often filled with a crammed list of activities. We end up being overscheduled and overworked.
Multitasking, we seemingly “do” a lot, but we often sacrifice quality for quantity, swept up in a daily momentum. In truth, we are always “doing” something. But what is it we are actually doing?
As we dig deeper here, let’s see if we can figure out this unsolved “mystery of doing.”
By Jane Mountrose, with Phillip Mountrose
Have you ever put effort into losing weight, improving your financial future, or realizing a dream and ended up back where you started? Nothing could be more frustrating. This kind of situation can also take a hit on your self-esteem, leaving you feeling like a failure.
Maybe you want to have better health, more prosperity, or supportive relationships, but somehow your dream seems to evade you at every turn. If this is happening, you may have encountered an emotional or mental block, a “set point” that keeps you stuck. We know how annoying this can be, because we’ve been there ourselves in our careers, our health, and our ability to prosper doing the work we love.
Our struggle with set points took us on an enlightening journey where we discovered the keys we and so many people with dreams of better lives are seeking.
Transformational tips and tools…
A growing number of people want to bring more spiritual depth into their work and life. Here are seven practical ways:
1. Follow your heart.
Your heart is more than just a muscle that pumps blood. It connects with and informs the brain. What’s more, it connects with your soul. “The heart is … the light of truth,” as Ramana Maharishi said.
Your heart opens you to your inner truth and wisdom. Your heart, in effect, becomes your own personal wayshower, showing you how to live and love more fully. “You gotta have heart…”
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye”
— Antoine de Saint Exuper
“Competition”– what does that bring to mind?
Are you competitive? Too competitive or not competitive enough? Or does it depend? And what is competition?
This article is about understanding competition, so you may use it in the bigger picture to help yourself and others.
There are many areas included within “competition,” and it’s not all back or white. Let’s explore some of the important distinctions to understand, which can make a big difference in your daily life and lifetime.
To get a fuller picture, it helps to see the other side of competition: cooperation. You could consider these two approaches as Continue reading
Your life purpose is hugely important. But what is perhaps the most common misconception, the biggest myth about life purpose. Don’t let this stop you in your tracks. Watch the short video below.
Without your life purpose you…
With Your life purpose you…
alive and energized
Would you like to learn more about Discovering Your Purpose? Check out our “Discover Your Purpose” mini training here.
How do you build your self confidence? What are the key ingredients you must evaluate and improve where needed?
This short video explores five key ingredients to check for your self confidence. To learn more see our Confidence Building Tool Kit Telecourse.
The 3-part teleseries includes the Confidence Quiz handout with five more qualities, in addition to those described on the video.
I see it. I hear it. I touch it.
That’s how we learn, by using our senses. The more you can use all your senses, the better the learning, as research confirms. We also each have a preferred way of learning.
Using a multi-sensory approach — namely, visual, auditory, kinesthetic (sensing), and even tasting and smelling — is how we experience holistic learning. Also realize that we learn from our external senses and our internal ones.
Arguably, our inner senses are vaster and more powerful. Even though the outer world holds endless wonders, our imagination offers far more.
We can “see” an endless array of images in our minds. Regarding hearing, Beethoven wrote his 9th Symphony, his crowning work, after he became deaf.
And the range of our feelings span from fear and despair to love and hope, and so much more…
HOLISTIC LEARNING PREFERENCES
People tend to prefer Continue reading
We view destiny as making empowering choices to realize your brightest future.
It’s not fixed or pre-destined. Destiny is about choosing to thrive more than just survive. Your destiny emerges from following your deeper desires and heartfelt impulses.
Yes, there are influences: karma (past actions), genetics, environment and ancestry. As biologist Bruce Lipton has pointed out, however, your beliefs directly affect your DNA and genes.
William Wallace noted, “Every man dies. Not every man really lives.”
You can author your life. In effect, you become your own director with Continue reading
One of the best ways to create miracles is to understand them better. That way you can recognize the miracles around you and manifest more into your life.
NOW WHAT IS A MIRACLE AGAIN?
Miracles defy the odds. They are unexplainable, and go beyond scientific analysis. They bridge the natural with the supernatural.
Remarkably, miracles transcend logic yet we can use our reason to better understand them.
TWO KINDS: EVERYDAY AND EXTRAORDINARYContinue reading