What does it mean to live an awakened life?

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To live an awakened life requires a constant monitoring of your psyche. It requires a deep commitment to an awareness of our inner emotional workings. When we are aware of what is happening on the inside, we become aware of how we create the energy of things on the outside.

Of course, this constant vigilance requires quite a lot of work on our part. We cannot simply “take a break” so to speak. To live an awakened life means to commit to constantly look within while living in this material world. The art is in how you BALANCE the spiritual and physical aspects of life.

There are people that are better at living the physical aspects, and others are better at the metaphysical. We all attract the right people to complete our lives. Soul family, soul mates, twin flames, etc. For example, I am very spiritual, however, my husband is a very physical being. My closest friends, or soul family, as we call each other, are all very spiritual.

It’s believed that our souls yearn for lessons that will allow them to develop to their highest expression. In order to do this we attract just the right teachings to us, in the form of our loved ones, our friends and life situations. As the soul needs to grow in these areas, these people or events seem unfamiliar to us as the soul doesn’t possess the lessons they need to teach, just yet. So instead of rejecting that which is unfamiliar, we enter gratitude for the teachings brought to us as we know that we are going to grow from them.

The “Onion Theory” is the best description I’ve found to explain the events that lead to “Awakening” for most people. For those who are not familiar with it, it is as clear as this: The self is like an onion — the truest part lies deep in the center wrapped in layer upon layer of experience, attachment, and distortion. At the beginning of the process, our public persona is as rough as the outer peel. To get to the center, to uncover the image and likeness of God (or The Source, or The Universe, whatever you call God), well… start peeling. And as with an actual onion, expect to experience plenty of tears, over-exposure and new sensitivities that, up to this point, you may have spent a lifetime or two covering up.

In order to find total wellbeing, we have to be willing to engage in a reverse process — the process of undoing all the negative things we have been doing, as well as the negative things that have been done to us. This is the process of waking up and becoming conscious. It is not an easy one.

Although inarguably we all derive from the same Source, each life’s journey is as unique as our physical DNA (and some would add spiritual DNA), so of course the process of awakening is equally unique. Even if I am experiencing the same illness as another person, I am most likely not experiencing it in the same way or for the same reasons. Even the consequences of that illness will not be the same. This is not only because we are sloughing off different layers of the onion, but also because one person’s layers cannot be compared to another’s. Each layer on each onion is composed of different experiences, relationships, and belief systems. This is why, on a spiritual level, judgment of others is a meaningless waste of time. What may look to be one person’s ill fate or even bad behavior, may actually be an awakening — the important clearing of another layer of the onion. Likewise, what may look to be an awakening in someone else may be yet another, deeper journey into self-deceit.

We can tell the difference between someone’s awakening (including our own) and someone’s continued, deepening hibernation, by that person’s willingness to seek and effect change. It’s that simple. Real awakening involves the willingness not just to look within, but to take action, to bring ourselves into congruity with Truth, whatever that involves.

An awake person knows that the power to change herself and therefore, the world, is the real miracle, if not the entire purpose of our material existence. It is not enough to simply notice something within us or outside of us and do nothing. Each of us is mightily empowered to effect personal and universal change every day of our lives. This opportunity more than anything else is what distinguishes us from other living things — the power to acknowledge, transform and transcend. To change. It is what we are called upon to do for our own sake and for the sake of everyone else, because we are all one thing.

To awaken means to acknowledge our spiritual nature, to observe our behavior, and to bring ourselves into alignment with the Truth. This is a process involving many awarenesses, conversions, and painful confrontations. Hard work for sure, but in the end, nothing could be more valuable or worthwhile. By doing our life’s work, we are making the best use of this very brief period of empowered existence to advance the consciousness of ourselves and, consequently, of all humankind.

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