It is hard to imagine that, in a world with such diversity, somehow at the core of it we are all one. How is it when I am me and you are you and we are so clearly different, that we could be one? Physically, we have obvious differences that our senses pick up – colour of skin, hair, height, weight, sex, etc. I am me, you are you. On a mental level, I have my story and you have yours. Class, status, job title, family name, country of origin all make us feel separate and individual. I am me, you are you. On an emotional level, we each feel and react differently. We have different tolerances or sensitivities to stimuli. We find different things humourous. We find different things exciting or inspirational. One person’s music is another person’s noise. We experience the world from a place of separateness because in the physical, mental and emotional realm, I am me and you are you.
Yet, when you get to the level of the soul, our underlying desires are all the same. We all want to be loved. We all want to be accepted for who we are. We all want to feel valued and included in the whole. We all want connection. We also share the fundamental fears of not being loved or accepted, or of being excluded. Underneath what seem like very personal issues is an interpersonal connectedness playing out that ties us all together. At the soul level, we are in the same pot – I may be meat and you may be potatoes, but it’s all the same stew.
There are four levels of life going on simultaneously:
In any of these realms of life, we may be more or less successful. Some areas may prosper while others may show a deficiency of productive energy. Some people who may have achieved great success in the Physical may not be so in tune with their Emotional realm. Some who are exceptionally proficient in the Mental realm may have deficiencies at a Soul level. Some who primarily live at a Soul level may not be balanced in living in the Physical world. It is not a judgment to be more or less proficient in one area, simply a means to draw attention to where imbalances might lie in our lives. The goal is to find a balance or equilibrium between all levels, thus creating a harmonic energy that the flows and connects us to All – all aspects of Self as well as ALL IS ONE.
I know for me personally the emotional landscape is far more activated than the physical. I am a woman who “feels too much” or in a more positive light is a woman who has a highly developed quality of compassion and empathy. Every blessing has a positive as well as a shadow side. My awareness of the imbalance tells me to focus more attention on the development of the Physical or Soul realm. For example, my Yoga practice has been invaluable at increasing energy to both the Physical and Soul aspects of my life.
It is important to note that, after you have awareness of where you may be excessive and where you may be deficient, creating a greater balance requires focus on the deficient, not on the excessive. Trying to make something less will actually only make it more because you are focusing your attention on it. Saying “I don’t want to think too much” makes you think more about thinking too much. However, if you can identify what you don’t want and then flip it to its counterpart in the positive, you will increase what it is you actually want to increase. So, instead of thinking “I don’t want to think too much” you set the goal of “I want greater serenity”. You have set an intention of what you want to go. If you want to increase the energy in the Physical, then do things that will bring you there as opposed to trying to minimize the energy placed in the abundant realm of Emotions. “Accentuate the Positive” as the old song says.
Ultimately, once in balance we not only keep ourselves in harmony with a healthy developed life grounded in a fully functioning Soul, we also will make choices that radiate out to all our other levels. These choices come from an understanding that All is in fact One. In the place of Soul, there is no competition, separation, or individuality. We are all part of the same stew, remember. Therefore, our choices and freedom of will benefit not only the whole of ourselves but the whole of the planet.
This principle is not new nor is it necessarily easy to follow. Our life experiences at the Physical, Mental and Emotional levels cause imprints, wounds or scars. These imprints or “Samskara” as they are referred to in Buddhism can cause blockages in the flow of energy from our soul outward by influencing our free will and choices on any of the levels where we live. Blockages may be why we choose to predominantly develop certain aspects of our self and leave others out of balance. Emotionally, we may be wounded by bullies or people that have put us down. Mentally, we can replay a long history of collective wounds through family and even culture. Scars on any level are as long-lasting as the physical wounds we acquire throughout our life.
For many years I carried a soul wound relating to being adopted. This implanted a scar of fear of abandonment and that scar influenced my choices and actions, not only on a conscious but also on a deep, unconscious level. Facing my birth parents was vital for me to repair the blockage that existed as a result of the soul wound. The goal for each us has to be to repair and remove the blockages so that not only can we function better as an individual but also as one of the whole. We are interconnected and through the highest degree of personal well-being we have the power to positively affect everything we perceive to be outside of us.
The All is One becomes All for One.
Heal thyself to heal the world.
Great Ways to Increase Energy and Clear Blockages:
* Reiki Healing – Reiki works on all levels and is a wonderfully transformative Healing Art.*
- Get moving. Yoga or any physical activity creates greater physical vitality
- Body focused healing – Chiropractic care, reflexology, massage etc. helps to reconnect with your body energy
- Action exists in the physical: Do the things you dream about doing -‘just DO it’.
- Get outside and connect with the world around you.
- Set goals and keep them.
- Write a journal: this is a great way to open the path to allowing the flow of emotions to surface.
- Some forms of talk therapy are designed to help you reconnect with the emotional realm. (Others are more Cognitive/behavior focused which would help in the Mental realm).
- Do Inner Child work.
- Make heart focused choices.
- Turn off the T.V. and read some inspirational literature.
- Socialize and get out and talk to people.
- Learn something new.
- Use Affirmations often.
- Paint, create, or make music. Art is the language of the Soul.
- Volunteer your time to help others.
- Meditate or maintain a spiritual practice.
Note: Many of these can work on more than one level.