In this week’s podcast, we dive into the murky waters of what Carl Jung called, our Shadow. This part of us resides in our subconscious mind and is made up of everything we have suppressed. It can rise up and takeover our lives, high-jack our relationships and in extreme cases cause personality disorders. Yet if we give it our attention, it can become a road map towards health and happiness.
Our feelings can be so overwhelming at times that we either don’t want to look into them, or we simply believe our emotional states to be true. But like so many aspects of life they are in the eye of the beholder. In this week’s podcast I talk about how our beliefs affect our emotional state and why it’s important to understand why we feel they way we feel.
In a world that is moving towards a higher degree of polarisation we need to learn to become more nuanced in our interpretation of events and also spiritual teachings. Black and white thinking leads to dogma, which in turns hinders our growth. In this episode I talk about how we can walk the fine line between logic and intuition so we have a balanced view of reality. Viewing life in a symbolic way allows us a different perspective helping us to move out of victimhood and towards empowerment.
Spiritual practices are not just ways to escape from life or to calm down after a hard day in the office, they are new habits that require repetition and real-life application. The result is the birthing of a more authentic you, which may take others by surprise, but it’s better to be yourself than a facsimile of everyone else. It’s time to practice being you.
“Buji” is a Zen word meaning no affectation or nothing special and is assigned to those who are masters in Zen. For the western mind this makes no sense, as surely someone who has mastered anything should be described as “special” and be worth of praise. Yet this Buji consciousness is something that we can all aspire to in order to break out of the need to constantly prove ourselves worthy of being alive.
Our perception of reality is changing. It makes us feel unsettled, fearful, confused, disillusioned and disempowered. What is true? Who do we believe? Is the world going to end tomorrow? Will we kill each other through endless wars? Will environmental disasters become the norm? What will become of us? It depends on which reality you focus on, the manufactured one we see when we look at the screen, or the real one that comes alive when we switch off and get back to nature. Which one will you choose?
In this podcast I talk about how we can bring back our sense of empowerment by learning how to shift our consciousness in the moment. It is a skill that many people never develop and so positive change never comes. Yet it is the only real power we have; to choose what we focus on, what we think, how we feel and most importantly how we live our lives. When you step into that power you change your reality.
Are you an introvert or extrovert? Do you favour logical thought or make decisions based on how you feel? Are you intuitive or do you focus mainly on what is happening around you? Understanding your own personality type helps you to understand why you have conflict with certain people in your life, whereas others seem to understand you perfectly. By understanding the differences in the way we each perceive the world we can move away from judgement and towards being more tolerant, so we can improve our relationship with others.
Progress is measured by our technological achievements and yet we still live in a world where many are starving or homeless. Before we launch ourselves into the future by merging with machines, we need to understand why we are so afraid of confronting the darkness within ourselves and society otherwise our evolution will only be skin deep. Viewing the full spectrum of life gives us the power to make the radical changes necessary to turn this world around.