Dear reader: The following is a short extract from Book 4 of The Manual for more Joy in Life, that I put together a few years ago for my own clients. It is about Protection of the Soul. Protection of our Soul is something that most of us long for. There are actually many ways how we ourselves breach that protection and open up for getting hurt. Here is a short extract of my book that might be perhaps helpful for some. (Please note, some of the things are in depth explained in the Manual for more Joy in Life and only shortly touched here.)
Something I come across almost daily in my practice is the wish for people to feel protected from emotional hurt, and it is also a wish I share with each of my clients. Also I want to feel protected from hurt.
If we as such accept that we are human beings who wish to lead a meaningful life we naturally will want to develop our human qualities and follow the voice of our conscience. Someone who does not have such a desire does not need to read on. I believe that a normal human being will want to bring their talents into life and develop them for the benefit of their surrounding and themselves, we will want to contribute in different ways or we will want to be open for experiences of life to gain more understandings. In order to achieve this successfully we must feel sufficiently secure and protected to do this. Many people give up on their goal due to a lack of protection of their soul.
But what is it exactly that we want to protect? In terms of our inner life, that what we would like to protect is naturally our innermost self. We could also compare this innermost self with a treasure chest. It is filled with gifts, which are to be discovered, used and passed on. The gifts of intuition and the gifts of our spiritual nature and abilities. How I see it is that our innermost self originates in the spiritual planes, which lie much higher than the material world and are of a much finer substance. From there we go out, unconscious, carrying within us the abilities (gifts) which will allow us to become real human beings, if we unfold them. These include the ability to love, to freely decide, to take on responsibility, to use our creativity for the benefit of our surrounding and much more.
Here on earth, we have the possibility to mature through the greater frictions and resistances of various sorts, like a seed grain in the earth. Hence, we are here to develop ourselves, in order to eventually return conscious and matured to the plane of our origin from which we started out. Depending on which sphere we actually live in, this innermost self, our actual “ego” requires a cloak, a protection, a sort of instrument. Here on earth it is our physical body which serves our spirit as bridge between the inner and the outer world and enables it to be active. Upon laying aside our physical body at the earthly death, there only remains our innermost being with its finer cloaks, which is referred to as the “soul”. If we return developed to our origin in the spiritual realm, we also lay aside this finer soul covering and are human spirits in full maturity. Let us turn firstly to the body. If we give it the necessary attention, it forms a healthy soil for our spiritual devel- opment. To the pillars of this healthy soil belongs an individually matched nutrition, which also promotes the blood radiation suitable for the individual person, appropriate and harmonious movement, a free, flowing breath and a conscious “occupancy” of the body, taking into consideration its natural rhythms. I often find that Therapeutic Magnetism treatments support this proper connection between body and soul and help the soul to properly inhabit their body. We can refer to the body as a dwelling for our inner self, which would also like to be inhabited, that is, animated. This process occurs naturally from the inside outwards. The more I am “in me”, “with me”, the more radiated or animated does the body become from the inside. In this way, the body forms a natural protection for the soul. The body surrounds and protects the soul. If we feel protected we feel safe and happy. Lots of people have the wish to feel more protected again. In what way do we harm our natural protection? Our life, indeed the entire Creation is permeated and borne by clear laws. Just as we can recognize it in Nature, so they also permeate the human being, in fact on all the levels mentioned: the physical, emotional and the spiritual. If we entrust ourselves to them, then we are protected in a natural manner. However, we are far too unfamiliar with and unaware of this lawfulness, therefore we often act contrary to it, and, as a consequence, we harm ourselves. The injuries hit us painfully on the physical and even on the emotional level and affect the deepest perceptions of our spirit.
I assume that in the long chain of earth lives, we have all experienced hurt in some manner because for the most varied of reasons we were not accepted in our own way by the people close to us. Each person would have found different ways to react and adapt to the situation, be it through perfectionism, external achievements, struggles, by retreating or by “swimming with the stream”, until he achieving some form of acceptance, but at the cost of his own nature and identity. This behaviour weakens the inner abilities and thus means less protection. Conversely, we protect ourselves more, the more we are true to ourselves and live according to our abilities and deploy them beneficially. Each person is like a flower, and just as poppy, arnica, bluebell, daisy and so on, all shine in their own way and their own beauty, each person should also be true to himself. The beauty and perfection of the whole arises from the variety of characteristics.
Often we but deny ourselves to be unique and truly who we are.
Why are we sometimes playing a role, which does not suit us? Lets look for example at the role of “The fighter”. Naturally there are many other roles people can play. Sometimes we adapt a role with which our inert self is not happy with. Often we believe we achieve something through this, like more protection, more love and recognition or the ability to control. Thinking deeper we will but realize that we become unauthentic with this and experience an inner conflict. Deep down we know that we actually “lie”. We are not living in accordance with the language of our Soul/Spirit that talks to us through our deep intuitive perception. Playing a role leads to inner conflict and a general sense of uneasiness. We literally carry a masque and deny who we truly are and how we truly feel. This again leads to a loss of protection and a loss of energy. People who were deeply hurt and not have dealt with that properly also often tend to put on a role in order to shield ones deep inner feelings and vulnerabilities as they believe that this helps them to not getting hurt again. This can lead to denying and lying to others and in the end as they carry a masque they always live in the struggle to keep up the masque and not get caught in their lie. Some people wear their masque for many years until something happens, perhaps a new shock, some unexpected surprise which turns their world upside down and which results in a deep crack in the masque they carry and invites them to look at their life and perhaps to open up to a new insight of how to deal with their problems in a better and more healthy way. Sometimes to work with a professional can make a huge difference too as another person can sometimes help us see ourselves more clearly when we have played a role for a long time.
Being authentic A person feels protected when he is authentic and genuine. Then such a person has a clear connection to their deep intuitive perception and with that also a connection directly to the source. We have to strive to allow this inner self to live, to unfold. When we have played a role for a long time we can ask ourselves: What does this core self need in order to live and to become sound once again? To find this out we have to learn to listen to this inner self, we have to allow ourselves again to listen to this inner voice to this inner guidance again. Imagine a stream, which always has a connection with the source. Our inner self is always in connection with the Source. But only when our inner self opens itself up can it link up with the luminous realms, with the origin, the primary source. In opening we are empty and only thus can something flow inwards. The sense of this statement can only become accessible to us, if we try it out, every day anew.
Normally we are used to opening ourselves wide and thereby something alien and uncomfortable often reaches us. In opening ourselves upwards, however, we receive help, ideas and new possibilities from which we can then draw from. We open us to new energy, uplifting vibrations and guidance which will strengthen us.
A quotation from Saint-Exupery on the subject makes that quite clear:” The modesty in the heart does not demand that you humble yourself, but that you should open yourself. That is the key to the exchange. Only then can you give and receive. And I cannot differentiate the one from the other; these two words are certainly the same path. Humility is not subjugation beneath people, but beneath God. So, as the stone is not subject to the stones, but to the temple. When you serve, you serve the work.” (from “The Wisdom of the Sands”)
If we open ourselves, we allow something to slowly develop which gives us the greatest possible protection, namely trust, a sense of basic trust and finally trust in God and inner confidence. Let us have a look at the term “confidence” and the words associated with it; one of its aspects is self-confidence; if you have confidence in yourself, thus the courage to act; and actually do something, confidence grows. Apart from that, “making yourself confident” is suggestive of getting to know something, to understand it, to make it your own. By entrusting ourselves to the Creative, Natural and Living Laws, by getting to know and understand them, our confidence grows and, as a consequence, the confidence in God can slowly strike roots and gradually grow upwards, giving us inner protection and support and healing our wounds. The way there demands strong efforts and inner struggle. Personally, what helped me most in the difficulties that I encounter in my own life is the recognition that nothing happens to me arbitrarily, at random or by chance, but that I myself have given cause to the respective occurrence – that suits me. And thereby I could recognize the painful situations as help, though often only in hindsight. The knowledge that anything destructive and bad arises only from the human being, is also quite comforting. The Light does not know Darkness. “In the Light of Truth – The Grail Message” is to be understood in this sense: “With ascent, however, the dangers always lie behind every human spirit and never in front of him – he should be aware of this!” Confidence in God cannot be forced; it can only grow in us when we open ourselves. Our longing, our seeking filled with yearning is the driving power to once again achieve the greatest protection for our soul.
Here I share with you an exercise that might help you in becoming authentic again: Think on an area in your life you want to have more inner clarity about. Now do following: Go into silence! Make yourself free of thoughts. Protect yourself from all influences which surround your mind. Disconnect from all the voices which come from outside and want to suggest to you what or what not to do. Disconnect from all fashionable ideas, what others suggest you have to be or not have to be. Make yourself free from all your own calculating ideas. The wisdom of the ages tell us how easily life can destroy what we have so vividly counted on. Listen instead to these capabilities in you- which urge to unfold, to blossom and mature.
Then ask yourself, what kind of love lives in you, love for what? And consider seriously for what you would give up your most valuable.
Be patient…….There will come this special time when you will sense something deeply true coming up in you......... and often this inner truth will be presented in you in images or deep intuitive perceptions.
What do these images show you? What do these images or intuitive perceptions awake in you? Is it perhaps a sense of pain? ..................Then pull yourself together to soothe and heal it. Perhaps a dream of light and sparkling beauty? .................Then let yourself get inspired!
Do not hesitate if obstacles come into your way. Contentment is not the beginning of the path- you will find it at the end. The beginning is the deep wish to transform your inner pictures or your inspirations into an outward reality. It is your personal purpose which you got in touch with. It is up to you to bring it into deed!
Write down what came up in you!
To be authentic and in that also more protected demands constant effort. There are many other areas that play into that. In Book 4 of the Manual for more Joy in Life I describe and add exercises that address many areas that help us to live a more authentic and protected life. Feel free to download it here for free.
Edeltraud Jakob Grace: Love all things natural and always have a craft or art project on. Being surrounded with friends and people I love and who love me, animals and nature makes me happy. Since 2004 I see clients in my private practice. In my blogs I want to share things that might be beneficial for others (YOU) and just areas that interest me a lot. Wish you happiness and health! Edel Pictures on this line are all from my animals or garden or photos I took from nearby where we live on beautiful Mornington Peninsula.
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