Looking within at the shadow places gets easier with practice, but sometimes I still need help. Fortunately, I have an infinite supply.
You are safe in Divine Love’s assurance. Have the courage to face the ignorance and illusions within yourself and root them out. Allow the Light of Love to enter your mind and heart. Divine Love shines within you destroying anything false, transforming you from within.
Even though I know I am safe in Divine Love’s assurance, I have to admit, facing my own ignorance and illusions is a little scary.
I am currently working on two things to expand my consciousness, for which it seems I am in need of courage. They are 1) Eternal Peace (relevant to Journey of Courage, because where Eternal Peace resides, Courage is unnecessary, see Why a Journey of Courage) 2) Infinite Abundance.
Of themselves, these things are not scary. Of course I WANT Eternal Peace and Infinite Abundance. But, dang if facing my own ignorance, barriers, and illusions that prohibit my experience of them is a bear.
These Consciousness Journeys evolve the spiritual consciousness through mental practice–they are designed to evolve the mind to deeper understanding of our Oneness with Divine Mind, with Love, and with All that is. No problem. I am good with my mind; I think my spiritual evolution is coming along just fine.
However, spiritual evolution is nothing if it is not matched in my experience of reality; that is, if my belief system is such that I do not or can not get past my own limitations, I will only experience what my belief system allows, even if my spiritual consciousness has evolved.
If you were to buy a $50,000 race horse, then hire a trainer who has only trained $5,000 race horses, pretty soon your $50,000 race horse will only be worth $5,000. The trainer’s knowledge, experience, and expertise is at a certain level; the trainer can only train at that level, even when the potential for more is available.
Right now, my spiritual consciousness is (I think) a $50,000 race horse. My understanding of Oneness, of Love, of the Unity of Life within All is pretty good; I get into the flow of life a lot; I am confident in my understanding and knowledge of connecting with Divine Love and Living from a core-identity of myself as a Divine being.
But my human belief systems are at the level of a $5,000 trainer. I grew up with certain ideas about money, which included scarcity beliefs, ideas about my self-worth, and about what I deserve (or do not deserve). These ideas are limiting what my spiritual consciousness can do for me, through me.
I know this does not sound as scary as some of the emotions I have rooted up and released, but it’s still a lot–these feelings and issues are long-held beliefs about who I am, and what I deserve in relation to comfort, security, and how I am “allowed” to live in the world.
Another “issue” I seem to be having is identifying the root of the limitations, and how I unravel those. How have I limited myself? Why? Where did my limitations originate? Why did I feel like I needed them? I feel like I am looking at my ignorance and illusions (for that is why my out-dated belief systems are), through a frosted window. I can see a form on the other side, but it is just a shadow. I can neither identify it, nor grasp it.
Fortunately, today’s Guiding Thought, accomplishes the rooting out, and the transformation, without me needing to know what that shadow is. First Divine Love gives me confidence through a positive declaration, a promise of Itself. Then I am “told” to allow the Light of Love to enter my mind and heart, which it does.
Then, Divine Love does all the work: Divine Love shines within you destroying anything false, transforming you from within.
I prefer conscious mental work. That is so much a part of this. I want to be able to consciously (not sub-consciously, not un-consciously) work with my Divine Self. But sometimes a little help from Divine Love is just fine. I will sit back and consciously allow Divine Love to help me.