“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” ~ Lucille Ball
One of my favorite sayings is “we teach what we need to learn”. If you haven’t figured it out by now, this is where many of my posts and offerings stem from. As someone who has been on a spiritual path for quite sometime, I have found there are certain essentials that we work on throughout our lifetime ~ this is part of the being a spiritual being having a human experience.
Whenever we are creating change or working on healing, we hope that we will get this part and move onto the next piece. On some level this happens, but more often than not, we find that we cycle back to old patterns, feelings or beliefs and need to work through them in a deeper way. This doesn’t mean we have failed – actually we are progressing on what we might call the “spiral of healing”. Cycling back is part of the path to our evolution.
Life is about transformation, growth, self-discovery and finding new possibilities. The journey of life is a sacred path and it is natural to seek teachers and teachings to help us find our way. But, as Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj shares so beautifully, “The only true guru (teacher) is the path itself.” And, this journey is a continuous one. We might consider it like the labyrinth. We enter in not knowing the path to center but we find the opening, follow along and eventually we end up in center. We pause, reflect, set some intention and then begin to move out into the world once again – simply following the open path.
In a sense there is a bit of a puzzle to solve, but rather than just look at the labyrinth and try to sort it out mentally, we take one step and then we take one more. We surrender to the path that is before us and in trusting each step is where it needs to be that we discover the divine presence is guiding us in each moment. In life, when we feel we have a setback or have “spiralled down” rather than up, we tend to see this as a failure or as a wrong step. The truth is the path is full of ups and downs on the spiral life; we are in a constant state of expansion and contraction.
Sometimes we may feel we have lost our path or have gone astray, but even when this is what we are feeling, we are where we need to be. There is beauty and wisdom to be found in every experience. And, as the shamanic path teaches so beautifully – it is the darkness and the shadows that we find the light within ourselves. Still, we can find ourselves in times of doubt or confusion that leave us feeling stuck or out of alignment with our deeper purpose in life. What is it that can bring us back, not to a different place, but to willingness, acceptance and understanding?
I have found the answer to be one of the essential teachings that I devote myself to both personally and professionally ~ the journey of the heart and the cultivation of greater love and compassion for self. As we explored during May Is For Metta, loving ourselves is seen in the Buddhist tradition and others as the foundation we need to foster love and compassion in our lives, relationships and the world. I also see it as one of the most potent keys to change and healing.
I have been devoting a lot of my time this summer to writing the final chapters for the May Is For Metta book. Immersing myself in the energy of loving-kindness and compassion has opened the door for a new program I have been developing to emerge sooner than planned. I am excited to share information with you on the Love Yourself, Live Your Life Summer Breakthrough Program. This is an introductory series that will be offered through 5 weekly tele-classes, a Facebook group, guided practices and optional individual sessions.
I am happy to share a Free Gift with you; it will give you a glimpse into what the Love Yourself, Live Your Life Program will be like. This previous teleclass on “Loving Ourselves: A Key To Change & Healing” is a great way to explore loving yourself on a deeper level.
I hope you’ll take some time to explore and join me for this new program designed to support you in embracing and loving all of who you are so that you can live the life of your dreams!
Here are the details of the program for you to explore:
- Learn to connect with your heart on a deeper level and live more from the heart space.
- Cultivate love and compassion for yourself using a variety of transformational tools including meditation, shamanic journey work, affirmations, self-reflection and creative exercises.
- Uncover limiting beliefs and obstacles that prevent you from embodying greater love and compassion for your self and others and also, keep you from moving forward in your life.
- Learn to access your essential self and embody your soul purpose from the space of the heart
- Begin to facilitate your own process of transformation and healing and create a foundation to continue that process in your life.
How much longer do you want to continue struggling?
Do you want the heart to be a guiding force in your life?