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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Life and Truth

By Nancy Rynes, author of Awakenings from the Light 
I've been writing a bit about knowing your truth, but how does that manifest itself in our everyday lives?
While hearing and heeding the voice of your inner truth can bring you much-needed sparkle and creativity, you still have to live within the physical, mundane world. So how does knowing and living our truth play a part in our daily lives? When we bring the truth to most (or all) of our interactions, it can mean clearer communication and less drama. There's a bit of a catch, though, when we share our truth with others. Not everyone will like what we have to say! Your mother might not enjoy hearing that you don't want to come to the annual family reunion this year. Your father might take it the wrong way when you explain that you are dropping out of law school to pursue a career as an interior designer. It takes practice, tact, and a bit of courage to speak your truth to someone you care about. Choose kindness and compassion, but be careful too! It might not be the best career move to tell your boss exactly what we think about his or her management style. Some truths are best kept to yourself. If you do need to be honest with someone, I've found it's a bit easier on both me and the recipient to make it all about me. "I'm sorry Mom, I've had a rough week at work and it would be best if I just skipped the reunion this year to stay home and rest." But maybe a compromise option is what would work best. Acknowledge your own truth, but also honor the fact that your family would like you to participate in the event. "I'm sorry Mom, I've had a rough week at work and I'm exhausted. I can only stay at the family reunion for a couple of hours this year." Can you tell I'm a middle child? I'm always looking for a good compromise position :-) Living our truth doesn't mean we do only those things we like. Life isn't all about "me me me." There are over 7 billion other humans on this planet and some of them, such as our children, may depend on us for their survival. We all have responsibilities to ourselves and others but the result of knowing your truth is leaning how to make informed, appropriate decisions while still honoring who we are at heart. As adults, we do have to live in this world and do things we don't exactly enjoy such as:
* pay taxes
* go to the doctor
* go to school to earn a degree
* find and acquire food
* earn an income

It's a matter of priorities. I actually detest going shopping for groceries. Hate it. But I need to eat and I enjoy eating good, healthy food because it keeps me healthy. So I suck it up a couple of times a week to visit the farmers' market, local farm stand, or the local chain grocery store. When I visit the farmer's market or farm stand, I make it into an opportunity to have fun and socialize with the local farmers.

We can do things we don't enjoy while still living in harmony with the incredible soul-map inside each one of us. Here's another example. Let's assume that in your heart, you truly love being a musician but you have a child and want her to live in a safe part of the city. And a safe part of the city means higher housing costs. Even though you're gifted and belong to a band that shows a lot of promise, right now the money from the music gigs isn't enough to pay the bills. You do have a lot of options available to you in this situation but given that you value your child's safety first and your musical dreams second, you decide that it's OK to take a part-time job working in a medical office. Doing this allows you keep your child safe and let go of some financial stress, while you and your band work on expanding your audience.
Our children are particularly vulnerable to having their inner truths overrun by peers, bullies, gangs, school teachers, the media, the culture, and overbearing but well-meaning family members. It's up to us as parents to nurture our kids through this time as much as possible. Honor your child's individuality while keeping him or her safe. Teach your kids that it's OK to be different. Love and support them as they mature, even if you don't agree with their choice of career partner. And above all, when it's time, learn to step back and enjoy the  independent, confident young adult in front of you.

Once we are more easily able to access that inner truth, the gates of creativity, peace, and joy can more fully open.
Blessings and joy to all of you.

Nancy

PS: As you can tell, truth is a very complicated topic and can be difficult to pull apart. If you are having trouble with recognizing and living your inner truth, or sharing it with others in a constructive way, seek a life coach, counselor, or psychotherapist for help.

Awakening to Life

July 30, 2-3 PM, Orlando, Florida: at the International Association for Near Death Studies National Conference (IANDS).
For more information or to register, see: http://conference.iands.org
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Posted by Nancy Rynes, author of Awakenings from the Light ( http://NancyRynes.com )
All content copyright Nancy Rynes, 2015-2016
Bio: Nancy Rynes is a speaker, artist, and author of Awakenings from the Light (available from Amazon.com). Nancy's books and workshops teach you how to bring a little bit of Heaven to your life on Earth. She lives near Boulder, Colorado. Check out her website: NancyRynes.com

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Hearing Your Inner Truth

By Nancy Rynes, author of Awakenings from the Light 
How is your life going these days? Are you excited to get the day started each morning, curious as to the wonders that await? Or has life lost its sparkle, leaving you bored, detached, or even indifferent?


Hearing and heeding the voice of your inner truth can bring much-needed sparkle and creativity into your life. Listening to that guiding wisdom puts you in touch with the Divine. As I explain in "Awakenings from the Light," that inner voice of truth is kind of like a "Good-Life GPS" that Spirit gives us. Living in alignment with our inner truth is how we begin to live at one with Divinity while we are here on Earth.

We each have access to inner truth but we may be out of practice accessing it. The voice of our truth can be quiet, so quiet that it can be easily overwhelmed by the noise of TV, the internet, the news, others' opinions, and society's ideas about who we should be. Others may mean well when they try to tell us how we live our lives, but they see the world through their own filters, stories, and experiences, not ours. They can't see what truth we hold for ourselves. So it's up to you to access your inner knowing and then honor it.

Fears often keep us from acknowledging what we really want and who we really are. Our human ego has a deep need to fit in to society out of a sense of self preservation, and some of us will do almost anything to be like everyone else. Remember grade school where so many of us wanted desperately to fit in with the cool kids, and might do almost anything to be accepted?

That's one example of living from a fearful ego, and it prevents us from becoming the glorious, love-filled, creative, and powerful people we were meant to be.

The more we disregard our inner truth and live only for the thoughts, opinions, and ideas of others, the harder it becomes to hear that inner voice. It's one big catch-22.

Our goal then is to be in a state of clear communication with ourselves and Spirit. How can we more easily hear and act on that inner voice of truth?
PS: you don't have to share your truths with others. Keep them private for now.
  • Pose the question to yourself: How do I really feel about ___________________ situation? I might suggest journaling about the answer, or having a conversation with yourself in the car.
  • Ask yourself: What are my gut/heart/mind telling me?
  • Get quiet with it. Contemplate. Daydream.
  • What does my ego want me to think about this situation? These are the old patterns, stories, ideas that don't feel right.
  • What do/don't I want to admit when no one else is watching? In other words, if it weren't for others' thoughts or opinions, what would I really want in this situation?
  • For some of us, more quiet time is in order. The voice of inner truth may speak to us like a whisper at first. Take a walk without your phone or MP3 player and lets your thoughts and feelings meander.
  • Ask yourself: Am I anxious, not sleeping, agitated, not myself, or exhibiting traits that are not "me?" Take this as a clue that in some part of your life, you may be disregarding the voice of your heart.
  • Try the "What I Really Want..." exercise. Get a pad of paper and at least 15 minutes of quiet, alone-time. Ask yourself, "What Do I Really Want?" Jot down the answer. Repeat that cycle at least 50 times and see what surfaces.
  • In a similar vein, ask yourself, "Who Am I?" Jot down the answers. Again, repeat this at least 50 times and prepare for some surprises :-)
What does it feel like when we follow inner truth? This is different from person to person, but for me:
  • I get a sense of "wow, this just feels right" like something clicking into place
  • I'm calm
  • I feel centered
  • My creativity soars
  • I don't make my decisions simply to please others
  • Things fall into place with few obstacles and no drama
Pay attention to the messages you hear from your inner truth and from Spirit. They should be positive, life-affirming, supportive, loving, kind, compassionate, and caring, even if they challenge you to stretch a bit. If you get negative or disparaging comments, they aren't coming from Spirit or your own soul. They are most likely coming from your fear-filled ego, the voice that wants you to play it safe. Remember, Spirit and our souls care about love, connection, altruism, compassion, helping others, enjoying life, laughing, joy, peace, one-ness, living our uniqueness, being creative, and creating heaven on earth. Those are the voices of the Divine as relayed through your heart or inner truth, and it is those voices to which we should heed more in our daily lives. Next time we'll explore what this means for us in real life, when we have bills to pay and kids to raise. Until then, blessings and joy to all of you. Nancy

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Posted by Nancy Rynes, author of Awakenings from the Light ( http://NancyRynes.com )
All content copyright Nancy Rynes, 2015-2016
Bio: Nancy Rynes is a speaker, artist, and author of Awakenings from the Light (available from Amazon.com). Nancy's books and workshops teach you how to bring a little bit of Heaven to your life on Earth. She lives near Boulder, Colorado. Check out her website: NancyRynes.com