Living By Spirit (from "A Woman's Spirit Awakening")
by Linda L. Chappo
How can we each live a more awakened, fulfilling human life? My response to this question is by "bringing a more spiritual, kind and loving presence to it." Living by Spirit is like tuning into your favorite radio station, except that you are receiving information and guidance for your own joyful truth and inner harmony. It’s all about you and a personal frequency that will guide you to live your dreams and express your authentic Self.
Here are some of the benefits that I’ve discovered from my spiritual journey: find your life purpose, have more personal power (power over yourself), know yourself better, have a better understanding of the human condition, enjoy a more fulfilling life, experience more harmonious relationships, live in the present moment rather than the past or the future, feel a sense of the sacred within yourself, establish more inner peace and self-assuredness, and develop intuition and unique insights.
The only thing required of you is an open mind, which may lead to your spiritual awakening. This is what Living by Spirit can do for you, but how about what you can do for Spirit, God or the Divine? (I’ll use those terms interchangeably) We’ll explore that question here. These suggestions for awakening your Spirit and living a life of purpose come from my own insights. You’ll get plenty of ideas for either beginning or resuming your own satisfying spiritual journey to enlightenment. You’ll learn the key to your spiritual awakening lies in your understanding of the truth that “God lives through you.” You'll find everything you need to transform your life in our blog. Thank you!
Tune Into Your Personal Frequency
I've always been curious about God, spiritual matters and the mysteries of life. As a child and teenager I went from church to church seeking a personal relationship with God. I believe that on some level we are all seekers. We seek the truth about the world and we seek the best life possible.
We know deep inside ourselves that this earth is not our true home. We know that these bodies are not who we are. Motivational teachers and human potential experts can teach us a lot about these truths, and we'll only know for ourselves when we actually satisfy our curiosity by tuning into our inner spiritual frequency.
This frequency is like that old fashioned radio knob that we once had to turn and turn to find a station we liked. When we take that action as a seeker, we not only learn about spiritual matters and life but about ourselves. We receive messages, intuitions and directions that play a part in our happiness, our peace and our relationship to the world. If you are curious about the mysteries of life, don’t sit back and watch. Be an active participant. Life is not a dress rehearsal. This is it! Explore both your external environment and your internal one. There you will find an enriching life. Thank you!
Women as Bearers of Light
It is mostly women who are known for their intuitive and sensitive natures, although I believe women and men with these characteristics will lead the way to a real spiritual awakening in our time. Through their patience, understanding and insight these spiritual teachers will help us to reveal the sacred light within us all.
Here is the story of a great discovery. Around the year 1910, astronomers on Mt. Wilson viewed the cosmos with an incredible 100 inch telescope. However, they were clueless as how to measure the distances between the stars and earth. (Our closest star is the sun.) At that time, women were not allowed in the conservatory, being considered distractions. Women were relegated to menial tasks and analyzing data. It was a woman, Harrietta Levitt, who discovered the Celestial Yardstick. Her job was to examine photographic plates at various times and look for stars that vary in brightness. She made the first great discovery: the time it takes to reach maximum brightness can be used to determine how far away the stars are from each other and the earth. Her discovery was the most fundamental yardstick in the universe. Now it is the measure by which all distances are determined.
I believe the celestial yardstick dwells within each of us. We may measure our own proverbial closeness or distance from each other (and God) by how much light (love) we emit and how brightly it shines outward. Within each of us is an “inner ruler” whereby we intuitively sense the measure of light we emanate. If you could determine the amount of light (love) you radiate outward, where would it measure on a 12 inch ruler?
To answer this question honestly, answer these questions first. How are you feeling about yourself? Are you happy? Are you living the life you desire? How are your relationships progressing in a positive way? Are they peaceful and loving?
If you could choose how much light to radiate at any given time, what would it be... 7 inches rather than 4, or 12 inches rather than 9? What if our light is always set at 12, but we don’t know it? Perhaps our inner light is always at maximum brightness, but we allow our mental state (fear, negativity – ego thoughts) to interfere and cast a shadow over it. What could you do to increase your light?
I have a theory about the “inner ruler.” The inner ruler plays a double role in our lives; the first as a measure of our brightness, and secondly as a sense of being influenced, guided or possibly even governed from within. Perhaps it’s an all-knowing, wise and comforting Guide/Angel/Holy Spirit directing our every thought and movement toward our highest good. On a scale of 1 to 12, where would you measure your relationship with Spirit? What could make it better?
As bearers of light we carry the torch for humanity. It is my prayer that we are able to run with it and champion a new world, a world where only the highest values exist. I pray that each man, woman and child awaken to their own beauty, magnitude and holiness. I pray that you personally will choose a better way of life by Living by Spirit. Thank you!
How to Measure Your Spiritual Growth
One of the ways in which I measure my spiritual growth is by how my personal relationships are evolving. Are they harmonious or in constant conflict? Are they authentically caring, loving and serving all concerned? If there isn’t a positive charge of light between us, then I’m not doing something right.
The spiritual journey is all about me, and how I’m responding and how I’m acting or reacting. There’s a powerful quote in A Course in Miracles that says, “The only thing lacking in any situation is what you’re not giving.” So if you're not giving love, then you’re not giving at all.
The lessons we learn through others are often challenging, yet always valuable and rewarding. We don’t know the whole picture, we only know our part, which is to show up in the most loving way we can. As a consequence our situations and our lives improve. There’s a domino effect whereby people you don’t even know will benefit from your light. People are receptive to what goes on around them. When they watch you handle a situation with grace, it teaches them how to get the results they want by acting in a loving way rather than an insensitive or fearful way. I’ve seen the proof of that in my own relationships when a friend hears my wise words and uses them to heal her own relationships.
Internalizing spiritual teachings and remembering to implement them when appropriate situations occur are what bring about a spiritual awakening or a successful “Love Life”. Act with love and you are bringing God to life for yourself and for those with whom you interact. Thank you!
How to See the Light in Everyone
As I study spiritual principles, I find that they bring me and those I meet more peace, because I am willing to see the light in everyone. One ongoing problem for many women is with unwanted suitors. As we attract various types of men/women to us, we find that some do not, for whatever reasons, fit into our life scheme. Both men and women are sensitive to rejection. There is an art to treating the other person with the same sensitivity and respect that we would like allotted to us. I want to share an example of how I was first going to handle an unpleasant situation. By speaking my truth and sharing from my heart, I was able to diffuse my angry feelings and gain a sense of peace and safety for both of us.
I had been dating a particular man for a couple of months until it became clear to me that this relationship was not working for me. Obviously it was fine with him, because he continued to pursue the relationship. I eventually developed a very negative charge around this man, and wanted the form of our relationship to change. One evening I lifted up the phone, paused a moment to gather my thoughts and felt like unloading on this person with words like “quit calling me, you useless creep!” In the next moment, I experienced a very real shift in my mind. I set the receiver back down on the hook (pre-cell phone), then sat down for a couple of minutes to reflect on what I was about to do.
I immediately questioned my intentions. Did I really want or need to say those harsh words? I asked myself, “What do I want to come of this situation? How could I say what I need to say in a loving way - a way that would demonstrate to myself that spirituality was having a profound effect in my personal relationships? How could I bring peace to both of us, and find a responsible, mature way in which we could both walk away with our dignity? I might see this person again around the city, and did I want that negative energy to be between us?”
I know enough about spiritual law to realize that sending out negative energy or breaking off a relationship with animosity doesn’t free us from that other person like we think it will. In fact, it has the opposite effect. Anger actually binds you to that person tighter than you could ever imagine. Hateful energy between people is like a terminal disease, no matter how far they are away from each other. It’s when we interact with love and kindness that we free ourselves and the other person involved. We are no longer bound to that person or situation by the chains of hatred or fear, but we are each released to peacefully go our own way.
I lifted the phone once again, dialed his number, and took a deep breath just before he answered. I first remembered that, as metaphysical teachings emphasize, we are both children of God. I then said the words that needed to be said, in a considerate way. I did not attack nor condemn, but spoke from my heart, and was firm with the truth. I waited for a response, but received a long pause instead. What he finally mustered up was, “Ah... er... um, well...uh...wow, that was heavy.” I politely ended the conversation and hung up.
I sat down again to reflect on what I had just done. This was a real breakthrough for me, and I was happy with myself for being responsible and following through with spiritual values of kindness and compassion. I saw the light in someone where there otherwise appeared to be darkness. This accomplishment inspired me to reflect on the many ways in which Living by Spirit works for everyone's good. Thank you!