At the end of 2017, I had a firm conviction to take all I learned during the year and begin integrating it into my daily practices. It's great to have head knowledge, but it's a whole other level of alignment when we take that information and integrate into our way of being.
Part of my integration involved taking what I learned about aligning with my higher self and sharing that information with others. So many of us are living our lives on auto-pilot that we don't even realize how out of tune we have become.
I connected with Rachel Archelaus and began to study Intuitive Art using the Archeleus® method. I was delighted to see how this modality opens a channel of communication with our higher selves and shows us answers in a way that there is no misunderstanding. Along the way, I have found one truth that overlays almost every answer to every question:
Following our highest excitement is the fastest path to aligning with our higher self.
We can step out of that alignment when we become derailed with the messages of our parents, teachers, media. and more. I know, that's a hot button, but let me explain. People present the sum of all their parts to the world. I'm not saying our parents were terrible to us; I'm saying that a mom who has learned to be afraid of taking chances will naturally influence her children to take the safe route. A teacher that was emotionally abused and is afraid to speak up for herself will present her students with a way of approaching life that is stifled and fearful. Children are learning and absorbing everything around them. These ingrained learnings influence us every day until we learn to break from those former patterns, following us well into our adult years.
There is good news. We can unlearn these habits. We can break cycles. We can return to following our greatest excitement. I do have one disclaimer: this way of living isn't for wimps. It requires courage, and it demands faith in our own truth.
I'd like to share a real-life example of the integration of this principle. Recently a young woman shared with me that she received an opportunity to do additional work for her employer in an area that she didn’t have a great deal of experience. When she asked my opinion, my first thought was admittedly, my old-school response. I instantly thought, “Well, you need to make more money, so maybe you should just say yes for the time being.” I suggested that she might consider trying the project on a trial basis only. If it didn’t fit well, she had the opportunity to pass. I shared my first thought with her but also that I needed to replace that knee-jerk response with a suggestion to instead, consider what would bring her the most excitement.
Several days later, she shared with me that she decided to pass on the project altogether. It turned out that she, too, had the same initial reaction. She needed to bring in more work and thought about taking on the new job even though she wasn’t confident in her skills. Instead of saying “yes” right away, she sat with the feelings a while longer, asking questions and digging deeper. The more she investigated, she realized it wasn’t her inexperience that held her back, it was her lack of excitement about the project. She would pass on the offer, not because she didn’t believe she could do it, but because the opportunity didn’t align with her highest excitement.
Not only did her boss understand and appreciate her honesty, she quickly responded with a different work opportunity that she knew aligned with her assistant’s interests.
So, there it is; a real-world, real-time confirmation of a Universal principle. May we all be able to apply this in our own lives as we have new opportunities to make active choices in our daily decisions.
The theories and realities of following our highest excitement are so expansive; we're going to dedicate an entire series to the possibilities that open once we start to align ourselves more consistently in this manner.
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