Category Archives: Spiritual Identity

“Don’t Tell Me a Story!”

“Don’t Tell Me a Story!”

This afternoon I took myself for a brisk walk in the local area. I hadn’t gone far when I came across an egg carton lying open on the road and several broken eggs both in and around it. Twenty metres further on was a Ruth-French-1poultry farm. “Someone has put the carton of eggs they’ve bought on top of their car and then forgotten them. As they’ve turned left out of the driveway the eggs slid to disaster.” That was the story I created. While it may have been plausible, and it briefly entertained my mental capacity as I walked along, the conclusions we draw from a set of facts – and their presumed effects – are not always so innocent.

With recently renewed interest in clear communication, I’ve noticed how I can so easily go from the Facts I know about an incident, to a Story I’ve created. It may be a silent story I’m telling myself about myself, it may be an expectation about the impact of plans, or the reasons why a particular outcome occurred. Byron Katie’s famous question comes to mind. “Is That True?” I’m getting more alert to noticing when I’m creating a story. I revert to the facts, and acknowledge that the rest is a story – out of the conglomerate of my subconscious and past experiences. Let me be awake in this moment to ‘What Is!’ now.

Some say that the only exercise some humans get is ‘jumping to conclusions’! In Michelle Stanton’s book “The Timeless World” she proposes experiencing “Sensing What Is”. Experience fully, without labelling or judging, the sensation at the forefront of your awareness in this moment. The sensations are that which your 5 sense organs perceive (sight, sound, taste, smell, touch), and including your thoughts and emotions. This brings you right into the present moment; you have your own experience now! Michelle speaks of the human habit of immediately interpreting what we perceive with the sense organs into “like and dislike”, and “want and don’t want”. She proposes simply experiencing the sensations without any interpretation; simply experience and let them be!

There is wonderful freedom to be known in coming to the Present Moment and noting the facts in whatever is happening. Notice also the story that may currently be circulating in your consciousness about these facts. A useful exercise is to perceive the story, and mentally argue for its opposite in your mind!! Or imagine how the story may be from the perspective of another. Get your Detective Magnifying Glass out and check. Enjoy the freedom as you release the story and allow space for the gifts Life is bringing through whatever is your current circumstance.

Sporting Success – How Teams Use Spiritual Principles

Sporting Success – How Teams Use Spiritual Principles

I love football season. I’m a keen supporter and love watching how good games unfold. High up in the stands, I can see the set plays taking place and I have a deep appreciation for all the planning and preparation that’s involved in success. As I watch interviews with the coaches and players, I’ve become aware…Continue Reading

The Call of Nature

The Call of Nature

Recently it was suggested to me that I might like to keep a Nature Journal. The nature journal would consist of recording my observations about the environment around me and what it may have to say, if anything, about my life. I was somewhat skeptical that nature had inside information about my life that I…Continue Reading

Here I Stand

Here I Stand

There is great importance these days on the number of letters after one’s name or the amount of qualifications we need to have. To be honest that has never motivated me. I have never been swept up in the need for more money or to reach a certain position of power amongst my peers. That…Continue Reading

A Journey of Self-Discovery

A Journey of Self-Discovery

I believe we all want more meaningful, joyful and fulfilling lives.  Yet so many times I have heard people express how stuck and unhappy they feel.  Stuck in relationships that aren’t working, jobs they don’t like, habits that are uncomfortable, etc., etc.  Ground hog day over and over. I felt that same way many years…Continue Reading

How to Get What You Want in your Life

How to Get What You Want in your Life

“Why does Life have to be so hard?  I try so hard and yet I just seem to be knocked down over and over again.  I don’t think I’ll ever have the life I want”   These words, mixed with frustration and tears, poured out of my friends mouth.  She was so disheartened. I listened and…Continue Reading

Why Bother With Spiritual Things Anyway?

Why Bother With Spiritual Things Anyway?

Do you ever find yourself weighed down with all the things you should do?  Like keeping up with friends on Facebook, dieting, exercising, getting the right work – home balance, working on your relationship, planning for the future, caring for the children and your partner?  And where does “being more spiritual” fit into all this?  …Continue Reading

What Keeps you from Living Your Truth

What Keeps you from Living Your Truth

From some people’s perspectives our world would appear to be in “chaos”.   Crime, illness, terrorism, global warming, poverty, greed, environmental degradation and more.   The doomsday version could be that the earth is in the fast lane to destruction. And, on an individual level, many people are struggling with severe illness, financial issues, stress and work…Continue Reading

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