We are at a pivotal evolutionary leap in our human existence. Hundreds of thousands of books, seminars, spiritual leaders, authentic mystics and shamans are pointing to the deficiency of trusting in a Higher Power, specifically our internal Higher Power, as the source of our human suffering.
What prevents us from trusting our inner, wise guidance? I believe the answer lies in the three letters within that word: be-lie-ve. We were all taught things as children, many of those lessons came more from observing than listening to the lies, half-truths and distortions we heard from our parents, siblings and society in general. Perhaps they didn’t mean to lie, but we tend to perpetuate that which we hear, as if they are truths. That’s how beliefs are born.
A humorous example from my childhood came the day I watched my mother cut the ends of the ham before she put it in the oven one Easter Sunday. I’d seen her do that before, but never said anything. That day, I decided to pluck up the courage and ask her why she would do such a strange thing. “Because it makes the ham taste better,” she replied, licking the sweet, pineapple sauce from her fingers to make the point. “I learned that from my mother when I was your age.”
Oh, I thought, I guess that makes sense. What did I know? I was only eight or nine years old. Our parents were gods, forcryingoutloud. They always knew best, right? Maybe. Maybe not.
Years later I found out the real truth about my mother’s odd ham baking technique. Her older sister informed me that their mother cut the ends off the meat roasts because they wouldn’t fit in their small oven. Ah so. That’s how false beliefs are born.
Regardless of what we were taught as children, the greater Truth is that we are now adults, not children. We have the powers of awareness and discernment today that we may have not experienced in our youth. It is critically important that we value and honor this incredible element of the whole Self, so we can better practice good health and wellness from this day forward.
If you are unsure of whom to trust or how to respond, you always have your own heart as a source of Higher Wisdom. When you learn to trust and look within your heart to discover the Truth, you will fulfill your truest potential.
Stay tuned for Part 2 on What We Need To Do To Open To Our Own Hearts.