LIGHTEN UP AND QUOTES FROM JOSEPH CAMPBELL
Hello again Dear Friends,
What does the word enlightenment mean to you? Do you strive for more enlightenment in your day to day life?
Often times when I ask myself these very questions I try to make the answers as simple as possible. To me, feeling enlightened on a day to day basis often times involves two elements of the word ‘light’.
First, it is about being aware and feeling the multidimensional aspects of myself; the non physical energetic light force which exists within us all. This means feeling, recognizing and then being grateful for the light connection to Source (God) within us. We are all physical and non-physical beings and typically our moments of fear, sadness, and despair occur when we only focus on the physical.
When we take time for meditation, contemplation, prayer, or simply a walk in nature, our perspective widens and we begin to realize that nothing is as bad or confused as it may seem. We also are able to realize that ultimately all we can control is ourselves and rarely the actions of another.
Remember to take a moment each day for quiet alone time where you consciously feel the light and energy that you are and will always be.
The next part of light which I choose to focus on is light as it relates to weight, or in other words, as the opposite of heavy. The lighter I feel (almost a floating feeling) the more above the negative heavy elements of everyday life I feel. The feeling of physical lightness allows me not to get sucked into the heavy everyday dramas, negativity, and fears of physical life. Put another way, I like to practice feeling above the fray. Try this in your next meditation; just close your eyes and then feel yourself in the present moment floating above everyone and everything. I find this exercise to be very relaxing and empowering!
Are you familiar with author and lecturer Joseph Campbell? He lived from 1904 until 1987 and I find him to be one of the most inspirational and enlightening individuals I have followed. Here are a few of the wonderful words he shared with us.
*”Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls” I regularly get asked by my audiences and clients how to determine what might be the best path for personal change. Should I change friends and partners? Should I leave my job?; Should I move? How do I stop being so tired and scared?
I suggest you take some quiet meditative time and ask yourself these very questions, and then just sit silently and listen. Next, ask yourself again what path or action feels best for eliminating fears and judgment? The answer that comes to you is what ‘following your bliss’ is all about. The key is learning to listen inward and then to move forward without that fear of judgment from others. Your personal path of bliss may have little to do with what others close to you or societal norms may dictate.
*”Find a place where there is joy, and the joy will burn out the pain” The fact is that positive emotions like love and joy cannot coexist with negative emotions such as fear and sadness. What is it that makes you joyful? Find that place, know that place, and then regularly visit that place.
As humans we all face negative emotions, the question is how long are we going to stay in that place of negativity, fear, or sadness? Knowing and being conscious of where our place of joy exists allows us to avoid becoming paralyzed by life’s negative situations. It takes steady disciplined practice to be able to consistently move into one’s place of joy, but isn’t this exercise worth the outcome?
*”Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging” It is truth that we create our physical experience, our reality, and we do this through the energetic powers of our thoughts, emotions, words, beliefs, and actions. Unfortunately for most people it is not until life becomes somewhat difficult or painful that we have the individual motivation to discover and practice these elements of personal creation and manifestation. Realizing the relative truth of the above Joseph Campbell quote, why not start working ahead of time on learning how to meet life’s challenges and then learn the tools to personal transformation. I would love to help you or your organization with this process.
These are only three quotes from Mr. Campbell. Check out some others and see how they might pertain to your life!
The quest for enlightenment and learning the creation process are great reasons to be alive today in physical form. Try not to get caught up in the toxicity of daily life whereby you surrender your personal power.
With love and appreciation.