June July 18 #145

June July 18 #145

Cover Artist: Louise Broadbent

Cover Title: Tropical Flight

Medium: Oils on canvas

www.artbylouisebroadbent.com.au

Facebook: artbylouisebroadbent

Louise has been travelling around Australia for the last 18 months, using the time to explore our magical country and capture its essence in painting studies. And she plans to bring it all together into an exhibition once she eventually put down roots again. If she ever does! You can follow her art travels on her Facebook page.

 

 

 

  1. Spiritual Bypassing

Have you ever heard someone proudly proclaim that someone did something terrible to them and they ‘didn’t even get angry’. Or they experienced a big hurt, a relationship wound, or a scary health prognosis and they spout spiritual aphorisms like ‘everything happens for a reason’. This is spiritual bypassing at its best. Anger is an adaptive emotion. It is the energy that gives rise to your powerful ‘No! That’s not Okay!’ and bypassing it keeps you from the freedom and power of the now. Similar with pain, it’s okay to feel scared and hurt and alone sometimes. Humans are wired for connection and to stay alive. Pretending you don’t mind when these things are compromised blocks you from the freedom that comes from experiencing deep pain and the acceptance that lies on the other side.

  1. Comparison

In the past, determining your own worth based on how you stack up against others, used to be an evolutionary mechanism motivating self-improvement. Nowadays, the world of Instagram filters and ‘Fakebook’ posts, leaves you feeling less and like you’ll never make the grade. Freedom lies in knowing and living by your own unique values and celebrating your own successes and those of others.

  1. Numbing

Have you ever had a bad sunburn? You didn’t go home, take a hot shower and rub your skin with a loofah, did you? Of course not. You avoided what you knew would cause more pain. In the same way, when emotional pain arises, it’s tempting to numb with food, alcohol, social media or the many other tools available to dampen difficult feelings. Yet emotion is energy. Once you’re aware of it, you can experience it, then express it and it’s done. Numbing blocks emotional pain and leaves it unfinished, to fester. Freedom lies in going through it.

  1. Conformity

Doing what you think you ‘should’ do, or what someone (usual parents, school, society) said you ‘ought’ to do, rather than what makes your soul do a happy dance, is a direct path away from freedom. So, sing your own song, bang your own drum and dance your own dance!

  1. Forgetting (that you are already free!)

This is the Cosmic Joke, and those who have experienced a spiritual awakening will recognise the absurdity of the struggle. For freedom is our very nature, and when you see the truth of this you can only throw your head back and laugh at the sky.

The Unlimited Reality has veiled itself into form, has contracted into a limited sense of self that says ‘I Am... (insert identity)’ in order to experience itself, rather than remaining in Formless, Unbound, Infinite Freedom. This is when you experience the exquisite joy of awakening to the realisation of one’s true nature- never separate, never bound, only ever free! Here lies each soul’s inevitable path to Freedom.

by Kundalini Tantra teacher Ella Shannon

 

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