What Can I Do to Progress Spiritually?

In the process of Ascension (raising one’s vibration), there is a moment where each individual comes face-to-face with the aspects that have been hiding within their deep subconscious memories.

It is not easy to confront these aspects and to look at them honestly, for they originate in past life experiences, and those can be challenging to assess in an impartial manner. When you are living your life now, you have blinders on when it comes to how you view yourself from a past life perspective. We all tend to judge things in an all-or-nothing classification, without taking the time to genuinely look at all pieces of our emotions and behaviors.

I am often asked the question, “What can I do to progress spiritually?” My answer is, “Work at understanding yourself on a deeper level.” For, the answer to that question is ongoing, because as you identify and release one past life, another one is there to examine and release, layer upon layer. And, even when you get to the very core of the energy, there is still the Ego part of you to contend with. This is the part connected to every living being, a part that while once was an asset, now has become like a friend who keeps giving you bad (although well-intended) advice.

Learn to understand your own Ego, what messages does it say to you over-and-over again in your head? Does it put specific expectations on you or what you can do in life? Does it bring emotions into your communications and interactions? Does it keep you trapped in fear? Does it worry about the day-to-day process of life? Because the Ego is attached to the planet, it is best to learn to about all of its tactics and messages.

The Ego comes from a place of meaning well, but it is basing its conclusions on not repeating the hurts from your past lives. By learning how to keep your own Ego in check, you can arrive at a place where you have mastered how to neutralize its force. This is an ongoing task, because as long as you are living on Earth, the Ego will be present. It will change and evolve, but it will be present as long as you are experiencing the incarnation process.  The Ego is a part of the Earthly existence, no different to your physical body. It is the reason why you have chosen to learn in the Earth School versus another plane of learning elsewhere.

The Ego dwells in the extremes; extreme reactions, extreme emotions, extreme highs and lows. It is the Ego that will use terms like “Always” and “Never.” Saying things such as, “I never get help,” or “You always do this to me.” The Ego is not only prideful and self-important, but also fearful and self-defeating. The Ego takes a piece of information, event, occurrence, or situation and gives it an emotional context. The Ego has to convince others of its viewpoint, and sometimes even will try to convince you. Whenever you have to qualify your answer to someone else or to yourself, it is the Ego that is compelled to do so. You neutralize the Ego by learning about the tactics your individual Ego displays.

The more that you learn about your own Ego, the more control you have to keep it from interfering in your life, and the easier it is to move into your Higher Self. That is the ultimate goal of the incarnation process, to overcome the strength of the Ego in such a way that you are able to transform the energy from all previous lifetimes, able to gain completion of what you came to Earth to learn.

There is always something new to learn about yourself, always a new piece of information to discover. The moment you decide you are finished with your learning, is the moment the Ego can exert its influence over you even more. Use the energy of the Now to dive deeper into the recesses of your Ego. When you are honest with this Ego exploration process, you can propel yourself forward into your Soul Mission with greater momentum than you could have ever anticipated.

When you are ready to learn more about the Past Life Patterns you hold (and how to transform them), take the Past Life Quiz.

Shifting Your Vibration

One of the questions I am asked on a regular basis is, “How can I shift my vibration?” My answer is; become aware of all pieces of who you are. Awareness is one part observation, one part honesty and one part willingness to change. For, it is through awareness that we are able to see the next steps we need to take in our life path.

Awareness comes from many things, your personal Astrology being one of them. But, another key component to awareness is learning how to objectively look at yourself. Yes, your astrology can tell you what strengths and challenges you have in life. However, as you move through the lessons of your gifts and challenges, it is very easy to let your emotions influence how you view what is happening. You are in control of how you act and react, and having awareness of yourself will show you where your specific emotional buttons are.

Just because you have a plentiful amount of energy in an astrological sign does not mean that you can use that as an excuse for your behavior. See, as your personal awareness changes, so to does your ability to understand your past actions, without judging them. Astrology is there to give you clues about the specific areas of life where you came to work on yourself. As a Libra, one of my struggles is becoming overly worried about what another person thinks or feels, and so it is my lesson to learn about emotional detachment. But, that does not mean I get to put the blame for my behavioral pattern onto my Astrology. Instead, I choose to be aware that this is an area of life where I need to be cognizant of what I am feeling/thinking/doing, so that I can learn how to act and react based on the given moment. This doesn’t necessarily mean I will make the best choice, but as long as I stay in a place of awareness, I will learn something about myself.

The Ego likes to move us into a place of extremes, with its favorite words being “never” and “always”. The Ego is both conceited and feels worthless; it is both prideful and depressed. It is only when we use our tools of awareness can we move into a perspective about ourselves that does not encapsulate these extreme emotions.

Recently, I have encountered many people who are ignoring the tendency of the Ego to be prideful or conceited. (Of course, this is a good reminder for me as well.) They have said such things as; “I will never be that way.” But, that statement itself is prideful, and comes from the Ego. For to deny the possibility of a certain reaction, or the possibility of a certain emotion, is to permit the Ego to have reign over it. It is only when we can be honest about all of the capabilities of the Ego, can we learn how to truly keep it in check. It is an ongoing check and balance process, and the moment we decide that we no longer have to monitor and be aware of the Ego, is the moment we are shown otherwise.

As long as we are connected to the 3D construct, the Ego will be there. But, we can learn how to neutralize this force, and how to take away its power and control over us. That comes from consistent honest awareness of all of the capabilities that the Ego part of us has, and observation of how our individual Ego likes to act and react. This is the most difficult lesson of the incarnation process, and a lesson that is not complete until we have learned to neutralize the Ego. So, how can you shift your vibration? Learn to be aware of your Ego, observe yourself and your life with detachment from emotion, and do your best to work through the issues and emotions that are revealed to you.

Using Anger as a Force for Change

Anger is a huge energy that is carried over, and often has grown, from incarnation to incarnation. As long as anger is left unresolved, it can very easily turn into a destructive force.

The Ego uses anger by stuffing it away behind other emotions and experiences, often bringing it out when you least expect it. Many individuals actually have a fear of expressing anger, as they feel that it is not “spiritual” to do so. However, expressing anger is the only way to release it. Anger cannot be wiped clean by some magic wand; it has to be released through the process of expression.  It is only when anger is not expressed, that it becomes problematic.

There are many healthy ways to express and release anger. The most important thing when letting the anger go, is to not allow yourself to direct that anger at another person. Most of the time, they are just a convenient target for your anger, and very rarely are they the true source of the anger.  Often, your anger stems from unresolved past life challenges.

However, whenever you direct your anger at someone, you are contributing to your anger’s growth, instead of its neutralization. Also, learn to identify the difference between annoyance and anger. Very often what you call anger is really annoyance. Yes, annoyance can lead to anger, but it begins as a different emotion.

Anger is an overwhelming feeling that can cause you to be totally at the whim of it. It will cause action or reaction without reasoning. Anger is the emotion behind 99% of the misunderstandings on the planet today. Much of that problem is predicated by the fact that most people do not truly comprehend the power that anger has.

Anger, when left to fester and grow inside someone, can contribute to disease, war, and violence. Anger can completely change your perspective of life and the world around you.

What would you like to change? Very often the answer to that question is also the source of your anger. See why neutralizing your anger is so important! Any time you feel anger toward something, look to the root of the anger. Discover what the subject of your anger is. Express that anger in a healthy way, by writing about the topic, or talking to someone you trust, or working with someone who can assist you in transforming the energy. Once you have expressed the anger, you will be able to view it in a new light. Then it becomes a powerful tool for change.

Let’s say, you are angry because a cause you have passion for is not getting enough support or publicity. After you have talked the anger through, look at using your energy to create change on that topic. Perhaps by starting a support groups, or meditation circle on the topic. Hand out flyers informing people, or write an email to your local news, to let others know what is happening. All of these actions are how you can shift your individual anger into a force for change. So, how can you use your anger as a force for change today?