The Enlightened Individual

transformation-journey-01As spirits in a human body we are living each life here on Earth school to learn, to love, to evolve and bring ourselves ever closer to Source, to God, to the Creator. Everyone’s path is different depending on the stage of development of their Spirit, the lessons they need to learn and what they are being asked to master to move onto the next set of lessons, the next life, the next body. As we evolve, we move toward enlightenment, or liberation from the imprisoning of the mind, true understanding of our existence here on earth and freedom from suffering, freedom from the continuous cycle of death and re-birth.

Let’s look at the characteristics of an enlightened individual.

  1. Non-judgmental.
  2. Lives without fear and desire.
  3. Accepting.
  4. Compassionate.
  5. Kind and loving towards Self and others.
  6. Acts on behalf of the whole rather than the self alone.
  7. Is peaceful, not engaging in harmful thoughts or actions towards any being.
  8. Patient and understanding.
  9. Humble.
  10. Has clarity.
  11. Possesses Inner Strength & Wisdom.
  12. Healthy in Mind, Body & Spirit.
  13. Committed to Spiritual Practice.
  14. An enlightened person always acts with integrity and is honest in all of their dealings.

There are more, but this is the short list.

The enlightened person has a high level of sensitivity, of awareness of all that is happening in the world around them. The greater the sensitivity, the stronger the connection to God. They will also learn how to master their emotions to become stable as to not be swayed by the external forces. They must learn to be highly aware but not so sensitive that other’s words or actions can knock them from their center.

CharlesFrancis writes,

“The enlightened person is a leader. Having awakened to the point of understanding the nature of suffering, she realizes her duty to help other people find freedom from suffering. She leads by example, rather than control. People follow her because of who she is and what she stands for. They want to be more like her. The enlightened person is humble. Since he knows his place in the universe, he doesn’t need validation from others. Therefore, he has nothing to prove to anyone, including himself. His humble nature allows him to be kind and gentle, and be open to everyone he encounters. The enlightened person is patient and understanding because she appreciates how our ignorance creates our own suffering. She understands the challenge of becoming enlightened, so she doesn’t condemn people for their missteps.”

Enlightenment really is all about Freedom. Freedom has been my main quest in this lifetime. It has shown up in my life as wanting to be free from the constraints of a system (the machine) that is flawed and limiting, imprisoning all who are trapped within it’s unnatural confines. It has shown up as wanting to be free from anyone telling me “what to do” either in relationships, in religious organizations or in workplace environments. But ultimately, I am seeking the freedom that accompanies enlightenment, and that is an inside job. I had a spiritual awakening in 2001, but being awakened is just the first step toward becoming enlightened.


How can we become free within our mind’s, within our perception?

One example is to live in Trust that everything is in Divine Order and know that one’s destiny will lead them to the people, the events and what is necessary to express their soul’s deepest offerings. Be patient, stay true to yourself, do the work and let the path unfold. All that is yours is coming to you. To live in trust is to be free of worry.

To be compassionate is to be free from hatred. If you can see that the father who abused you was living in so much pain that he could only express himself through his pain, is to see that this man was hurting and was extremely limited, and unable to break the cycle. With this understanding of his suffering and inability to change it, you will be able to have compassion for this person who carried this much pain and not hold anger or hatred in your heart toward him, but extend your understanding and love so that you may be set free from their pain. Forgiveness frees you from anger.

To be accepting acts to unite all who exist under these stars, to feel the oneness of all beings inhabiting this planet. When we accept we recognize where another person is on their path and we allow them to grow in their own time, at their own pace without judging them. We can then be there for them to lead by example and to teach, offering our support as they evolve, with kindness and understanding. To accept is to give us freedom from judgment.

To live in the present moment is to be free from anxiety. When we project into the future and try and figure out how we are going to solve the problem that we may foresee coming down the road, we move out of the present moment and create anxiety. We can’t solve that problem because we aren’t there yet. So recognize that in the place where we are (right here, right now), we are safe, we have everything we need and we are taken care of. And breathe. And when we get to that place down the road, we will also be in the present moment and we will have what we need to solve our problems. Take one step at a time and free your self from anxiety.

As we begin to set ourselves free from the mental constraints that limit us, we will begin to understand how blessed we really are. As our reactions to events and people change, we will feel lighter. As our perceptions shift, we will align with the Truth. “And ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you Free.”

In Love & Truth,

Elizabeth Wright
Spirit Works

References: Leonard Jacobson, Charles A. Francis

Unconditional Love of the Self

immaculate-heart-of-maryI have had the immense pleasure of being able to provide the gift of Light through vibrational healing sessions and spiritual counsel that comes through me from my Higher Self and the beings of Light whom I connect with going on 8 years now…  There are many themes within the sessions that apply to our human existence and I watch and listen as the teachings are brought to the individuals who are working through their issues on their journey (as we all are). The one teaching that I am seeing as a king pin to help all other issues be resolved is learning to love our Self unconditionally.

Some of us are never taught to love ourselves.  To love ourselves is the ultimate love, along with the love of God, for we enter into this world and leave this world with our Self and throughout our existence we are always with our Self, so the relationship we have with our Self is crucial to a happy existence.

The spirit enters the body in each lifetime, passes through the veil from the other side and becomes incarnated.  As we pass through the veil, we forget whence we came from and are raised in our cultures and societies by parents and people who have been conditioned by the minds and hearts of this world.  We forget the unconditional love that we once knew.  It is each person’s responsiblity and challenge in their lifetime to walk themselves back to unconditional love, to truly know the love for the Self.  This can be a long journey, especially for the children who were born to abusive parents or experienced severe trauma, but each of us can do it.  It is our main lesson.

Eric Fromm, a psychologist, states that loving oneself means to “care for oneself, take responsibility for oneself, respect oneself and know oneself”.  I would add that we must honor our Self and have compassion and understanding for our Self. It means that we honor our needs and we find the courage to speak up for ourself when our needs aren’t being met.  It means that when we make mistakes, we find firmness to change while at the same time being loving, not critical of ourselves for making the mistake.  It means that we have firm boundaries and we don’t let anyone treat us with disrespect and if they do, we walk away.  It means that when we need to change something to make our lives work better, that we take the appropriate actions or seek help from others to make the change, if we cannot do it ourselves.  It means we are our own best friend and we look out for ourselves.

I remember a time in my own life when I did not love myself. I was never taught to love myself and there are many of us out there who know this subject was never brought up or discussed…ever!  I was always very critical and judgmental of my self.  I wasn’t even aware of what I was saying to my self (self-talk), but I knew that I didn’t feel good a lot of the time.  Then I began to listen to the words I was saying inside of my head to my own self, and they weren’t very nice!  It has taken me 13 years of working on loving my self to know what it truly feels like to have unconditional love for my self. The first thing we need to do is become aware of the self talk and change it.  We must never berate, judge, criticize or put ourselves down in any way.  Now, I find myself laughing with my self a lot, like a best friend laughs with her best friend, in a jovial, that’s so funny, i can’t believe I did that, goofy kind of way.  It feels fun and light.  I had to practice this changing of the self talk over and over until it became my new inner voice that rules the head. It is the voice of my heart.

Think about someone whom you have total unconditional love for; it could be a pet, a child, a parent, a spouse, a best friend. Really feel that person in your heart.  Now think about a time when they did something wrong.  Did you hate them for it?  Did it change the way you felt about them?  Most likely if you have unconditional love for them, it didn’t…  Now, begin to look at your self in the same way.  Treat your self as you treat your beloved.  Be compassionate and forgiving, be supportive and encouraging, be there for you…always.

Exercise for practicing self-love. Lie down and place your hands over your heart. Close your eyes, connect with your heart and breath deeply in and out of your nose until you feel connected to your own heart. Feel the love you have for your Self and grow the feeling in your heart. Affirm out loud “I AM connected with my Self.” “I Honor my Self”. “I Respect my Self.” “I Trust my Self.” “I Love my Self.” “I will never abandon my Self.” “I AM love.” Repeat these over and over feeling the love in your heart for your self grow. Repeat daily.

As you practice loving yourself you will find that you come to a place of total acceptance of who you are including all the behaviors or ways about you that you once disliked or hated.  As your acceptance of yourself grows, you will find that you are more likely to accept others as they are.  As your acceptance of others grows, you will see your relationships improving.  I can feel when someone is judging me and it doesn’t feel good so I don’t hang out with those people.  When you feel someone accepting you completely, you will want to be with them, trust will evolve and a positive, healthy relationship will blossom.  The same holds true for the relationship with your Self!

As your relationship with your Self deepens and strengthens, you will bring this love with you everywhere you go.  Every issue that arises will be dealt with in a kind and understanding way for your Self as you work to solve it because that will be your new way of being….loving.

self-loveGod/Goddess loves us unconditionally.  This is the Truth.  It may not seem like God/Goddess loves us when our house burns down or our child dies or our body is wracked with cancer, but it is the Absolute Truth as I know it.  God/Goddess sees us as perfect creations of his/her own Self, as a beloved child.  It is through these eyes of love that we are asked to see our own Self.  No matter what mistakes we make, no matter what patterns we repeat, we are here to learn and it may take many lifetimes till we have a true understanding of the best way in which to walk on this Earth, with love in our hearts for our own selves and for all living beings. Until we learn that unconditional love is the way and we act in that way, we are loved right through every step, through every lesson, through every triumph.  Life is so much more enjoyable and beautiful when you can go through each day with unconditional love for your Self. And, each of us deserves it, it is our God-given birthright.

The (very long) Road to Self Mastery

I went on a hike with a new friend and for the entire three hours we discussed how we feel we have grown so much in the past couple of years and how it has been the struggle and difficulties that are our greatest teachers. We concluded that it is these teachers that are showing the student how to become the master. To become the master, one has to overcome the Self.

One has to overcome the disappointment, the rejection, the failure and the loss. One has to learn not to take what is happening personally, feeling like life is against you. If that is a pattern that you hold, when the same pressure is applied over and over again, you can either fall into despair over and over again, or you can overcome that pattern and see that the reoccurring difficulty is there to help you transform, to choose another reaction and create another healthier pattern, which will in turn, create a healthier and happier daily existence. If the same difficulty were not repeated over a long period of time, we might not have the chance to change.

Peter Senge says, “Personal mastery is the discipline of continually clarifying and deepening our personal vision, of focusing our silent-thoughts-starry-skyenergies, of developing patience, and of seeing reality objectively.”  We must learn to deny ourselves the little things. Self mastery takes self discipline, will and action.  It is not enough to just wish for something. We can’t expect life to just bring us what we want, we have to go out and claim it as ours.

A few days ago, I read a post on Facebook by a woman I have never met who is a vibrational healer and who I friended a few years ago for that reason. Her house caught on fire on March 29th and her son who was visiting at the time, discovered the fire and saved the house just in the knick of time.

Her post expressed exactly what I have concluded and so I will share her words.  “This morning I was thinking about how many major challenges I have had in the last few months. And yet, I am so full of gratitude to God and the Universe, and so full of Joy. Then it occurred to me that that is the goal: to create a place, deep within ourselves, where we know that no matter what, we’re okay. To be completely grounded in our love of God and our love of Gaia (Mother Earth), so that no matter what happens, we have peace and joy within ourselves. That is the greatest security, where we are no longer dependent on outer circumstances to create our inner joy. This means knowing how to grieve, knowing how to let go, knowing how to find the gratitude in everything. This means knowing how to focus and manifest; it also means knowing how to let go of attachment to any particular outcome, to any material possessions and to surrender, with joy, to whatever occurs. It leaves us feeling completely independent of the approval of others, completely in integrity with ourselves, completely joyful. This is another profound step in the journey toward Ascension.” Joy Gardner

I feel Joy sums up what a lot of people are experiencing.  What a gift we are receiving!  When the soul learns a lesson, we learn that lesson for the rest of our lives and possibly the lives following this one. So if we can learn in this lifetime, to feel deep gratitude, peace and joy in the very center of our being no matter what is going on around us, then we have found liberation. The externals cannot shake us. We stay firm in our inner love and connection to the Divine knowing that we are loved no matter what. Does it get any better than this?

One thing I have learned is that it is so easy to look at other’s lives and assume that they are better than my own. Then when I sit down and talk to that person I find out all that they are dealing with and I see that we really are all the same, no matter how much money is in the bank, what job we have, where we live, what we look like, what relationships we have, everyone is dealing with their issues. Knowing this can keep us united in our hearts.

Self mastery means that we can control our thoughts, our responses, our behavior, and our emotions.  We cannot control what happens to us but we can control our self. With this self-control we can find true wisdom and true power by not being affected by what other’s think of us, say about us and do to us. This means that when someone leaves us, we are not destroyed. When our house burns down, we are not burned down with it.  We can choose to feel peace in knowing that something will follow on in its place, something different that will bring us new teachings, new love and new light.

World commandYou will know when you are beginning to master something because your response to it will change.  For example, say you had a food addiction and when you abused it you felt guilt, shame and self-hatred. Once you clear the energy within yourself of the underlying issue, if you take that same substance, it may no longer create all the same feelings that it once did.  If it no longer creates a charge in you, then you are learning to overcome the part of the self that used that substance to express the trapped and distorted energy within you, of the unexpressed shadow self. Once the charge is gone, you become free, not because you have excluded the substance, but because you have shifted the energy within. The substance (the shadow’s vehicle for expression) no longer rules you, you are now the master of the shadow – not by elimination, but by integration and you no longer abuse the substance.  Apply this same principle to relationships. Perhaps a woman had a deep-seated fear of men and because of this fear, she attracted only men who wanted to control her, feeding this fear. Once she shifts the energy within,  and realigns the distorted mental and emotional energy and overcomes the fear to feel self love, only then can she attract loving men into her life who are there to nurture and support her.  These are examples of how we can begin to master our selves, by realigning to the love energy of Source within.

Imagine what it would be like to be completely aligned with the Creator and have dominion over our energy, our thoughts, our emotions and our behavior so that we can fully love ourselves and one another. The road is stretched out before us and we are the students. Liberation is the ultimate goal, freedom from the trappings of the self. As we walk, the Creator accompanies us, within our hearts, the angels walk near us, helping us along the way.  And I feel happy in knowing that we are supported on this journey, always.

Be In Your Center

The rollercoaster ride continues…as we embark on our new journey into the unknown world, like Christopher Columbus, with new eyes, discovering new lands and learning how to adjust to the ever changing landscape. This is life on earth in 2014.

As the energies of the planet continue to grow and shift, you may feel like one day you are on top of the world and all is going well and another day may feel like you haven’t made any head way at all.  With the turbulent energies, if we are centered, the ride will be much more enjoyable.

ShivaBeing centered is so important and not always so easy!  What does it mean to be centered?  It means that no matter what is happening around you, that you feel a calm, relaxed, peaceful, loving energy radiating out from your own being and you can give and receive easily. You treat others with care and compassion and are not disturbed or upset by the external forces that are swirling around you. It also means that your heart and head are working together and that you know who you are and what you truly want.  All…the….time…. (that’s the challenging part).  When you are not centered you may notice you are trying to force things to happen, you may feel anxious, depressed, frustrated, exhausted, confused, helpless and hopeless.  Clearly, it’s worth the effort to stay in your center!

Within our energy system there are 3 main energy channels that flow around the spinal column.  The sushumna is the main channel that runs parallel along the length of the spine from the  base chakra (which grounds us to the earth plane) to the crown chakra (that connects our energy to the Divine plane).  The sushumna energy channel carries the kundalini energy up the spine through the crown chakra once it has been awakened and the person reaches mystical states of consciousness. (My kundalini awakened in 2001). The spine is the center line of our physical being and the sushumna is the center line of our energetic being.  In yoga, there are many pranayama (breath control) exercises that can be practiced to support the flow of breath within our bodies that help us to stay centered.  Along the sushumna, there is the pingala energy channel, which runs from the right nostril and weaves itself back and forth around the spine to the base of the spine. Pingala is prana or active life force energy and also is warm, male, solar energy.  Ida is the passive energy emanating from the left nostril, and is cool, feminine, lunar energy.  When these energy channels are clear and aligned, we feel calm and centered.

Our breath is the most important tool we have for staying centered.  In a yoga class you breath deeply and rhythmically throughout the class and you oxygenate your entire being.  In meditation, you breath in and out consistently and you hold one focal point throughout the practice.That is why pranayama, yoga and meditation are all good practices to employ to become centered.

Another way to bring yourself back to your center when your peace is disturbed by someone or something outside of you is to look at the big picture and bring in God’s Love to replace what you are seeing and experiencing. This will re-center you in the present with Truth again. Find a phrase that works for you like, “All is well”.  If you can connect to what the Truth is when you are in your center and peaceful, knowing that there is only love, that you are deeply loved by the Creator and that all is well, then the phrase you choose can bring you back to that truth when things go topsy turvy.  Try it.

Communing with God and being in nature (the same thing) is another wonderful way to become centered.  I have a dog so I get to quan yinstart each day with a walk in nature and see what the weather is doing, feel the earth beneath my feet and greet the sun and smile at the birds. There is not a day goes by that I am not out in nature, I literally need it like I need air, water or food, it is a necessity.  Also, take time to talk to God and if nothing else, just say thank you.

Keeping your central nervous system healthy is important to being centered.  Nutritionally, ensure adequate intake of healthy intake of fats, vitamin D and vitamin B12  All are essential to maintaining optimal nervous system health. Exercising daily in some way will help keep the nervous system healthy as well as plenty of rest. I also like to take dead sea salt baths at night and rub almond/sesame seed oil on my body, which calms the central nervous system. Use a pair of pyjamas you don’t mind getting ruined from the oil.  You will sleep so well and feel incredibly’s so nurturing.Also be sure to spend quality time with your friends and family.  Isolating yourself can throw you off-center.  If you need more friends, get out there and join a group of people that do what you love to do like dancing or knitting or cross-country skiing.

When we are centered we are more likely to hear the voice of our heart, which is the voice of our Spirit, which is aligned with Love.  When we are off-center we will hear the voice of our head, the voice of ego which is aligned with fear.  I know immediately when I am off-center because I have negative, fear based thoughts running through my mind.  When I am centered, I feel loved, loving, creative,  relaxed, joyful and I know that all is, in fact, well. When I am centered and feel good, my Spirit attracts great things and people toward me.  If I feel fearful, I attract things and people I will later need to release.

To be in one’s center all of the time is one of our greatest lessons.  Connect with your Higher Self before you plant your feet on the earth each morning, meditate, center and greet the day ahead with love.  I share these words with you because this is what I am working on and I know how important it is and how challenging it can be.  Practice makes perfect.