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Understanding Life’s Challenges

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I’m on Ross Bishop‘s email list, and today this was just what I needed to read. I hope you will find it as inspiring and encouraging as I did. (All words are his, but the emphasis is mine).

UNDERSTANDING LIFE

by Ross Bishop

One of the difficulties people have doing spiritual work is that even after all that has been shared with us, we have a poor understanding of what life is about. Put in the simplest terms, your spiritual development is not completed and you came to earth to move the process forward. Earth was created as a learning place for your growth and development.

Today when challenged, you are not able to hold the God Space. Instead you move into fear, feelings of inadequacy and self doubt. When things go wrong you blame yourself, others, get angry at God or the world for your troubles.

Although we rarely see life this way, our dilemmas are really opportunities for learning. The key is to shift our perspective from being a victim to becoming a student of life. A big part of the problem is that the learning system, although extremely effective, is painful and not entirely straightforward. The saving grace is that our conflicts, although unpleasant, can do no permanent damage.

Having free will does complicate matters. Because of free will, any changes you make must come from within, they cannot be given or taught. They must be experienced and accepted as your own personal truth. The most powerful way to help someone who has free will find the truth is to first convince them of its opposite. This may seem convoluted, but over time, faced with the growing conflict between false belief and the truth, there is nowhere else for a person to turn but to the truth. Because the choice is individual, when you make that shift, you will hold the truth more deeply than is possible by any other means. Learning in this way respects your free will and insures that your newfound truth will be unshakable.

Before you came to earth you were with The Creator. The limitations in your consciousness were not an issue, they could not create any difficulties there. However the moment you separated from The Creator to come here, the limitations of your consciousness were exposed. In addition, in order for the learning process on earth to work, you had to temporarily forget your connection to The Creator. Otherwise, nothing that happened here would have caused conflict for you to learn from.

Because of your inner uncertainty and vulnerability, when you left “heaven” you felt as though you had been cast out into the cold, uncaring vastness of The Universe. You concluded that you had been abandoned, unwanted, unworthy and unloved. None of that could be true, they were completely impossible, but your Misunderstanding was profound and deep. This was intended. Your feelings of unworthiness and unlovability would serve as the pivots around which your earthly learning experiences would evolve. They would form the foundation for the learning you needed.

Your limited consciousness was unable to grasp the greater truth of who you really were, and so you chose to believe you were flawed. And you have been working to resolve that Misunderstanding ever since. The beliefs that developed out of the separation have shaped and twisted every experience you have ever had. Responding to the energy of the Misunderstanding, The Universe creates situations to help you work through your false beliefs in a manageable context.

For example, we were all hurt in childhood. That is not accidental. It is a setup designed into the life process to trigger your inner uncertainties and create false beliefs. Remember that life on earth has been set up to convince you that you were unworthy, unlovable and even possibly damaged so that over time, you would reject those beliefs and embrace who and what you really are. The fact that this happens for every child on the planet should convince you that this is not some random, happenstancial occurrence. It is a planned and intended, integral part of your learning process. Any conflict between a belief and the truth must eventually be resolved for the truth. You can divert things for a while by living in your ego, but there is always a price for that.

Your childhood experiences would propel you into a lifetime of difficult experiences that would ultimately lead to an expanded consciousness. It is not a pleasant or enjoyable process, but healing your childhood wounds, learning to move beyond the ego and your beliefs and live in the truth, will help resolve your inner wounding and bring you closer to The God Space. From the human perspective, the learning process can seem uncaring and callous, but we need to remember that this is God’s agenda, not ours. God loves you, but will not be dissuaded from His plan if your ego gets dinged. Actually, the pain that comes from your ego being dented is a very important part of the learning process.

Most people get caught up in the struggle and fail or refuse to realize that while they are getting the stuffing kicked out of them, there is a far more significant process taking place. We feel hurt, remain victims, and rarely raise our heads high enough to get above the fray and witness the learning being asked of us. The change, by the way, is always about moving to greater compassion and the stuffing you lose isn’t real anyway. It is something we are better off without. It is when we paint ourselves into a corner and are faced with the either/or of “surrender or die” that most of us challenge and eventually surrender, our false and limiting beliefs.

Finding ways to trust in God’s guidance and make the “leap” to another way of believing, leaving your wounds and scars behind, requires finding the faith that if you leap, you won’t simply crash and burn or be left out in the cold. That is why, even though most of our connection to The Creator has been camouflaged, there always remains a chord of light to build faith on. We need to find something to trust, either a belief system or a teacher we can have confidence in to help us make the leap.

Your Misunderstandings profoundly affect everything you do.

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August 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment

Soul Connections

My guides have been teaching me some astounding things about my soul’s journey before I was here and the connections it/I formed. Two recent realizations have helped me to comprehend the power of my soul, the incredible significance and value of being in touch with the Invisible Realm beyond the Material Forms we currently embody, and the vast love and power always on hand to assist us!

I have mentioned my Spirit Guide Malachi before. He’s been one of the entities I talk to in my meditations and one who gives me very sage advice. I see him as a curly brown haired, bearded man who wears a loose robe and sandals. Now, I was reading Sylvia Browne’s Temples on the Other Side and she said that the Council of Elders there, who counsels souls before and during incarnations, was headed by a man named Malachi and it blew my mind. I couldn’t wait to meditate to ask my Malachi if he was the same Malachi who heads the Elders. He admitted he was one and the same and I was instantly even more grateful for his wisdom and his personal attention.

But even more amazing was to discover what my guides call my First Form – the original expression of my soul within the Universe. This came about over two days as I began to question the Fox spirit that guides me from the Higher Realm to the Lower Realm in my meditations. I sensed such love and joy from her that it seemed she was hiding something from me. So I asked her why she was the one who led me, and she brushed me off with a response about how her Fox characteristics made her the best guide for me – but I could tell she was holding something back in a somewhat teasing fashion!

The next day I asked her again why I felt we were so deeply connected and she then revealed that in my First Form I was a Fox Trickster in the Lower Realm where I bothered bear, played with the fairies, and generally caused fun and mischief wherever I went.She had been my mate through ageless seasons there. She even told me a couple of stories from my life there and they rang so true with me! I was astounded and overjoyed to realize this great wisdom about myself. I was also amazed to find another guide had been my partner in a previous lifetime.

My guides want you to know that we must all begin to realize our True Selves and how powerful we are.

Blessings on your journey, dear friends.

September 30, 2010 at 6:31 pm Leave a comment

Why Do Bad Things Happen?

I subscribe to Ross Bishop‘s e-mail newsletter, and was deeply touched by his message today.

SPIRITUAL FRUSTRATION
by Ross Bishop

A while ago I wrote about abut the origin of our problems. I covered a lot of territory in that article, and had to leave some important topics out. As a result, I received a number of questions and some expressions of frustration.
A common feeling was expressed below:

She wrote:

I have been on my spiritual path for many years now and I do feel I have accomplished a certain level of awareness and consciousness.  I have been having many difficult experiences and emotional pain for some time now and I wonder when will I get a break??? Why do bad things happen to good people??

I am tired and I honestly believe I DO NOT DESERVE this pain. I know life has its up’s and down’s but I just need a break NOW. . . What can I do with my issues NOW ?????

This is a dilemma that is faced by many spiritual seekers. These people have done what they could – they have learned to meditate, done therapy, taken workshops, changed their diet, read the books and tried to bring their life in line with the spiritual path. Many of them have even taken up a healing art as an expression of their spiritual commitment. Yet life continues to throw problems their way. Money remains tight, there isn’t much real joy and the deeper spiritual insights they had hoped for have not come. On the surface, it doesn’t make much sense, and there is often a feeling of betrayal.

The essential dilemma here has to do with human nature. We are all willing to deal with the easy issues, but when it comes to the stuff (the beliefs about self) at the core, we can get pretty gun-shy. These beliefs can be very deeply rooted and difficult to dislodge. Most people balk at addressing them. They will often go through incredible gyrations to avoid addressing them.

Our beliefs have been with us for a long time (lifetimes), and some people are so accustomed to them they think they are part of who they are.

These are the core beliefs that maintain with absolute certainty that you are unworthy or unlovable – a piece of rubbish that no one but a sewer rat would want to associate with. In the “positive” they give you pride, urge you to push through your troubles, make you hungry for things like success and fame and make you believe that you can jump tall buildings. None of it is legitimate.

Trapped by the fear that these beliefs might be true, even as difficult as they are to live with, many people would rather leave them alone and try and cope with them rather than having to deal with the possibility of learning a most unpleasant truth. After all, what would you do if you learned that you really were unacceptable in God’s eyes?

Dealing with these deeply held beliefs brings up the muck that no one wants to address. But, it is also a place of significant spiritual potential. Being in the light is peaceful and pleasant, but transformation happens in the shadow. That is why shaman go there. That is also why life insists that everyone go there as well. Sooner or later, no matter how much you resist, you will be brought face to face with the dragon of your inner beliefs.

The Universe will be relentless in the pursuit of truth. Any place that you hold limiting beliefs, whether you are aware of them or not, will become a source of disruption and conflict. So long as your core beliefs remain unresolved, The Universe will (as it must) apply energy to everything you do that is based on those fears. We call this “having problems,” The Universe calls it “opportunities for learning.”

Most spiritual seekers work through the obvious issues with their initial efforts and are then urged to go deeper, which causes some to pause, and can lead to the feelings of betrayal I mentioned. The thing is, had these people not done this, The Universe was going to make them face these issues anyway, but not at a time of their choosing. Doing it on your terms is always MUCH easier.

When seekers are asked to confront these deeper issues, although they often do not feel ready, they really are. The Universe is very careful about that.

The simple truth is that there is more work to be done. Be angry, be upset with God if you like, it isn’t going to change anything. The anger and feelings of betrayal are really only a mask to deflect away from the core issues some part of you is reluctant to address. If you can go even deeper, you will find that what is really driving all of this are the issues you have with God.

Core beliefs can require spiritual dynamite to dislodge. That is why life is sometimes so very painful. However, it does not have to be as painful as we often make it. I searched for years looking for the best approach and found it in the ancient shamanic journey process. It is the only really effective method for bringing people to their truth that I have found. I generally recommend that people not do this work alone – get a good shaman – it makes the process a good deal easier.

Bad things happen to good people because these people are still holding on to their core beliefs. Regardless of all the affirmations and positive thoughts, these people still do not really love themselves. They do not appreciate the wonderful special beings they are, and they are not yet able to really accept God’s love.

The answer? There is only one. . .

there is always only one answer:
love yourself.

When you address your core beliefs, you tear down the biggest barriers to your enjoyment of life – it is that simple. It is just not simple to do.

If you want to know more about dealing with your core beliefs there are a number of articles on my web site (www.rossbishop.com) that may be of help. I also wrote about this topic at length in each of my three books.
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Lately in my daily meditations, my guides have been sending me this same message: JUST LOVE YOURSELF, trust in the plan and all will be well. I have been spending a lot of time thinking “I love May” and notice that the days I’m focused on self-love are much smoother and pleasant for me. My guides are showing me how I am strong and invaluable to them and the Universe, but that I need to set aside my hatred and cruelty towards myself… which is especially difficult for me at the moment.

Being unemployed and not being able to provide as I feel I should for my family (my fiance & our cats) is something I’m judging myself for – though I know I shouldn’t as I’m right where Krishna wants me to be. So is having Asperger’s Syndrome, which I don’t think I’ve mentioned here before, though I talk about it quite a bit on my other blog. It’s a high-functioning form of Autism that makes it incredibly difficult for me to connect with others face-to-face. It also shapes my personality, interests, appearance, voice and brain functioning, of course. I only recently found out about it, and I’m still wrestling with how inseparable it is from who I am.

This morning in meditation I asked Krishna why I had to have Asperger’s and he responded that I had to have it in order to be the person I am, because I am going to incite change in people and have a far greater affect than I realize. Without the Asperger’s I wouldn’t have this crazy restlessness that drives me to do all of the art and writing and self-improvement work that I do. I wouldn’t have the strange and beautiful outlook on life that I do without it. I just wouldn’t be ME. Which, I’m very slowly accepting, is a wonderful thing to be.

This is something that I’m just taking on a day-to-day basis. Otherwise it would overwhelm me. It’s strange how strong and sure and yet how weak and confused I feel! My human self is all agog, but my Higher Self feels more like a conquering warrior than ever.

The journey never gets less interesting, huh? 🙂

August 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

‘Arrive at the Silence of Yourself’

Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4

by Richard Brautigan

1. Get enough food to eat,

and eat it.

2. Find a place to sleep where it is quiet,

and sleep there.

3. Reduce intellectual and emotional noise

until you arrive at the silence of yourself,

and listen to it.

4.

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From The Pill versus the Springhill Mine Disaster

November 21, 2007 at 3:48 pm 1 comment

‘It was our job to transmute the energies through ourselves’

A wonderful resource from Karen Bishop is called “What’s Up On Planet Earth.” Karen discusses world-wide energy vibrations and examines the impact that is having on individual lives. I subscribed to this service a few weeks ago and have found her insights to be extremely helpful as well as deeply encouraging.

 

Here’s an excerpt from her latest update, which I found particularly relevant to my current life situation:

 

 

“When we reach the higher realms we truly do have to step up to the plate. Living in community means that even if we do indeed know what our special gift and contribution is, we have to do it well. We have to be it, express it, and take responsibility for it in all ways. We need to take our contributions seriously, because if we do not, we then jeopardize the whole.

 

“With this latest shift upward and into yet another higher vibrating space, we again begin at the bottom rung. We start over, in essence, as we have gone as far as we could where we were before, in any given spiritual hierarchy. When we graduate to a higher vibrating community, everyone is on equal turf, so to speak. There are no leaders. Each individual has a vital and important contribution to make, and each individual must then, express their gifts with the highest responsibility and commitment required. It is a far more serious situation than I would have imagined, but rightfully so. So in this regard, we will be called on the carpet and held to task, humbled, and put in our places so that we can more easily and rightfully serve and contribute where we need to. All part of the squeezing effect. Squeezing out the peripheral energies and tendrils which no longer have a place.

“Many are being handed their perfect “job,” or responsibility. The arena that we have dreamed about, just for us, is now available to many. In this regard, we have to again be ready to step up to the plate. Are you ready to take your designated responsibility seriously? Are enough of your lower vibrating “issues” or mis-perceptions cleared away so that you can operate in the most pure form, therefore benefiting those around you the most? Have you finally reached that space where you do not take things personally?

“For those who are ready to go to their next level, there will still be opportunities that will arise for adjustments and “humblings” to occur, and even opportunities to “go back” until another opportunity arrives when each individual is more poised to match their chosen arena or space of contribution to the planet and the whole.

 

“What does all this mean? For many, the waiting is over. It is time for the torch to be handed over to the creators of the New Planet Earth. Many will thus be given a palette, just waiting for each creator’s own individual blueprint to manifest upon it. It is then that our individual dreams and visions of how things could be, can now be brought into form.

 

“But these new creations are not easily created in the old world, as it is most assuredly crashing and deteriorating at a rapid rate. Part of our roles and responsibilities involved transmuting darkness or lower and denser vibrating energy. This is why so many of us were born into situations of abuse and suffering, with much darkness present. It was our job to transmute the energies through ourselves. And this, then, is one of our entrance tickets to the higher realms. If you are one who has diligently and consciously worked at transmuting your own darkness (which is the darkness of the whole that we readily agreed to embody), then your admission to the next hierarchy is easily granted. In essence, we have to “earn” our way to the higher realms. So then, creating our own new spaces away from the old will be our salvation.”

 

 

 

Read the rest of the article here.

November 20, 2007 at 8:02 pm Leave a comment


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