|The Art of Living Consciously|
|Written by Elizabeth Campbell|
One of my passions is wildflower photography. There is nothing like finding a new orchid amidst acres of scrub. Not too long ago I was out in the bush with my camera and I realised that techniques I use to find flowers could be used as a metaphor for living consciously.I start off by deciding where I'm going to go and what flowers I will be looking for. Then I plan what equipment I am going to need and how long I will be out there. I review where I've been before and what I found. Once I get to where I will be shooting I look around and get a feel for the area, slow everything down and look for patterns, changes in terrain and colour. I know that certain signposts may lead me towards what I'm looking for.
For example in arid areas I often find orchids growing close to Fringed Lilies, generally that's where I start. I find that something will catch my eye; I go over to it and then allow for the stillness and look around to find something quite special in the immediate environs. So how does this relate to living consciously?
Having a plan
It's always a good idea to have a plan, to know what you want and what you will need to achieve it. If we don't know what we want, how can we or the guiding energies in our lives help us to bring it into being? Without a plan we are like leaves carried by the wind being at the effect of circumstances rather then being actively involved in the process of living. I have always found that once I decide to do something, everything falls into place to make it happen, or events will show that it isn't to my best interest at this time by creating roadblocks to make the process difficult.
The trick to planning is to get a clear idea of what you want to happen and how that will make you feel. It is the feeling that will make the difference, so don't get caught up in the details, too much; detail makes it harder to implement the manifestation.
Keeping a journal is a good way to remember where you have been, what you have learned and all the little details that tend to be forgotten. I have used journals on and off for many years and I find it fascinating when I go back to review. When we are processing a lesson there are lots of things happening and if we don't write them down at the time we forget a great deal of the wisdom learned.
It is part of the nature of learning lessons; if we don't derive all we can from a situation it comes back in a slightly different form and we start again, but we only retain around 40% of what we learned the previous time. So if you use a journal and remember to review it on a regular basis, you are more likely to recognise what is happening and act accordingly.
Being in touch with your feelings is vitally important to living consciously. Feeling, in this case, should not be confused with emotions. Emotions are created by thoughts, they are not independent. That is why most philosophical and self development practices require control of the inner dialogue. Our thoughts constantly run in the background, often without our knowledge. These undisciplined thoughts create our emotional environment and have a serious effect on our experience of the world. Our thoughts create our reality and if we want to have more control over our reality we have to learn to control our thoughts.
We can be in conversation with someone and hear what they are saying through the filters of our past experience. We then have a thought about the filtered input that creates an emotional response, which may have very little or no relevancy to what was really said. I recommend the Tibetan practice of Samatha or Calm Abiding Meditation to help discover what your inner dialogue is and to intercept the thought before it becomes an emotional response.
So what is living consciously? It is being constantly aware of:
Living consciously is the ultimate goal, and as you strive to do this don't get disheartened if you slip back into old patterns, we all do that. The trick is to recognise as quickly as possible that you have slipped, give yourself a shake and realign yourself to your goals.
Elizabeth Campbell is the co-author of That Which Is a book of channeled wisdom of Hermeas.
She is a healer and founder/teacher of the Microparticular Healing Modality.
For more information go to www.e-campbell.net or call 0431043996
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