By Lori Lines
Social stigmatization is a symptom of our divisive culture. In our society, people frequently face discrimination and are ostracized due to perceivable and imperceivable differences alike. This alienation is often due to factors people cannot change or are very hard to change such as race, intelligence, culture, physical ability, socioeconomic status, and gender.
Stigmatization has detrimental effects. For example, the stigma that those with mental illness face can lead to isolation, inability to seek appropriate care, and an overall decline in well-being. Of course the effects one may face when they carry the burden of social stigma varies broadly. Nevertheless, the result is typically very damaging for the ostracized, damaging for judgmental individuals, and damaging for society, as the foundation for these distorted belief systems.
Social stigmas result from judgment. Judging others is the lifeblood of the ego-self. The ego feels more empowered when we are critical of others. It is strengthened when we believe we are smarter, richer, more attractive, and more able-bodied than those around us. The ego is also strengthened when we perceive we are less-smart, poorer, less attractive and less able-bodied than those around us. Judging others elicits a false sense of ego-control and security. Regardless of whether we feel we are besting or not besting our neighbors, colleagues, friends, or strangers.
The ego-self thrives on the misplaced belief that our worth, or lack of worth, stems from these judgments. This process can become so automatic that it goes unchecked. When we say, "I am smart," the ego may whisper, "compared to your coworkers that bungle presentations." When the ego is in control, "I am enlightened" can also be accompanied by an automatic, subconscious thought like "more than that narrow-minded person." Conversely, the ego is in control when we have the reverse thoughts, "I am NOT smart," or "I am not as good as...", or "I'm less enlightened compared to...."
These judgements and ego-centric comparisons remain as long as we refuse to recognize the universal interconnectedness throughout humanity and the Divine. Yet again, the sneaky ego-self whispers more distorted realities in our ear, that we are special, or less-special, and unique only as long as we uphold our separateness from others. We are misled to believe that our magic and majesty is lost when we are one of many, a single droplet in the sea of humanity. So, we default to otherness, isolation, and loneliness from those who are stigmatized.
This can be construed as a very low-vibrational state that keeps us from enlightenment. The truth is, we are all connected, and the means to achieve individual, societal, and eventually, global awakening is through unity, compassion, and love. We challenge and ultimately transcend the ego with a perspective of neutral togetherness, thereby reaching our highest potential individually and universally.
To get there we must learn to forgive and just trust. Once again, this is contrary to our ego-impulses. The ego-driven view is that forgiveness and trust is weakness and vulnerability. Picture the ego as a little red imp on your shoulder, trying to convince you when you forgive, you submit, and when you trust, you expose yourself to danger. It is yet another ego defense that twists our perception to retain control. When the ego is in control, we fear surrender and avoid it at the expense of harming others and ourselves.
The inability to trust and forgive keeps us tethered, limited, constricted, and even depressed, perpetually seeking new ways to appease the insecure ego. Surrender is the only release from the exhausting cycle that diminishes us and others. Yield to the universe, the Divine, and uncertainty, break free of conditioned fears, beliefs, and limitations, relinquish the ego-driven need for control, and have faith that whatever the universe has in store for you will help you grow and achieve your highest potential.
In a state of surrender, there is no need for comparison or stigma. We understand that each of us has unique purposes, gifts, and paths to pursue. In that light, there is no need for distinguishing ourselves from others because we each have an individual journey to uphold. Yet, we share a collective goal of alignment with our higher-selves and enlightenment of the collective unconscious. It is because of this shared mission that we must uplift each other with love and support.
As we turn down the volume of the petulant ego perched upon our shoulder, thank it for protecting us when we have needed it, and begin surrender, we become more observant of harmful behaviors, words, and perspectives. Leading us to challenging, and ultimately, overcoming distorted belief systems.
As the wave of surrender begins to swell within our individual psyches, our neighborhoods, our states, and our countries, we will come to know the joy of releasing negativity to allow humanity's beauty and goodness to be reflected and celebrated in every one of us.
In love and truth,
By Lori Lines
The mind can be construed as a double-edged sword. It is capable of providing us great benefit as well as great injury. Naturally, we want to cultivate our inner processes in such a way that we maximize or minds' capacity for doing good and to minimize its tendencies for causing pain and suffering.
It is important, in this juncture in our evolution, to nurture our minds in a way that will bring us greater joy. The mind tends to operate in a rather haphazard way, bounding from thought to thought with little or no apparent prompting of direction. Our minds seem to have a mind of their own. It might appear that our minds are thoroughly out of our control as if we have no choice of the kinds of things that drift across our minds.
Although thoughts seem to come out of the blue, they are, in fact, conditioned
by previous patterns of thought. The thoughts that our mind produces now have been shaped by its history of thinking. This history can connect all the way back to previous lives we have lived as well as our current life history of thinking.
Neuro-scientific research has shown that routine patterns of thought make incremental but substantial changes in the way the brain is structured and the way the mind functions. These alterations make the brain more effective at doing what it is asked to do. If we habitually think in certain ways, then our minds become more adept at these patterns of thought. Patterns of thought becomes belief. Beliefs manifest patterns of behavior and circumstances that can benefit us or injure us.
Thus, as the concept of conditioning suggests, positive or wholesome thoughts create a propensity for more positive or wholesome thoughts. Fortunately, we can use this dynamic principle to our advantage. While we may not be in conscious control of each and every thought, a meditation practice can show us that we can choose which thoughts to entertain and to develop and which to observe and release. In this manner, we can influence the kinds of thoughts we are more likely to produce in the future.
Knowing this, we can use our power to select and foster or relinquish thoughts that can help us to cultivate a skillful and clear mind that serves us well.
I invite you to become aware and observe your thoughts as they arise, but also identify the kinds of thoughts you are having. Once identified, we can make conscious choices about how we will handle them.
What can occur in a QHHT session or in a Mindfulness Coaching session is when one begins to wake up to the types of thoughts they habituate, one comes to an understanding of how these habitual thoughts have manifested problematic patterns in one's life. And, with this self-knowledge, one can begin to shift and change the trajectory of ones life altogether.
In love and truth,
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By Lori Lines
It is the human experience when life is fraught with difficulties. Perhaps even more so when we are on a focused and determined spiritual path of growth and enlightenment. It’s as if we bring in a manifold of problems in our lives to sit with us while we face the special challenges of awakening.
But, I believe we should do more than to just expect difficulties and sit with them, we should welcome them. The problems we all face, on this path, are precisely the means that will help us to progress along the way. Facing life’s difficulties, today, will give us practice in confronting the problems in the rest of our lives and beyond. In time, we see what we thought were problems turn out to be stepping stones to greater awareness.
The real key in facing our problems is the attitude we take toward them. Often our approach to life’s difficulties is avoidance of suffering. Rather than confront the deeper fears of our lives, we often attempt to mask or evade them in one way or another.
To accept suffering, rather than to flee from it requires courage. Courage requires determination to take a look at our inner and outer difficulties straight in the eye and to finally deal with how we have dealt with our difficulties. Courage is the fundamental attitude for facing problems. Although we sometimes equate courage and fearlessness, courage is not the absence of fear. In fact, fear is an essential component of courage. One cannot be truly courageous unless we can feel our fear fully. One can be trembling in fear and still be courageous.
If we are able to stand our ground, rather than averting our gaze or taking flight - THAT is courage.
I often reflect on my QHHT clients’ experiences. When one chooses to undergo a full QHHT session, it appears that most, if not all, come to the session willing to look bravely into whatever their minds have churned up without implementing their usual exit strategy they have unconsciously used in the past. Most clients have come to understand (consciously or unconsciously), by the time they have arrived, that a session will help them keep their place when a difficulty arises, knowing that running away will ultimately cause more suffering than staying put and gazing deeply within to face challenges they innately hold. Courage, indeed.
It always helps me to know that fleeing from problems and facing them can both be fearful. But, experience has made me more afraid of the consequences of evasion. To me, courage has become the matter of choosing the thing I fear less, but it hasn’t served my growth in that moment.
Facing difficulties is made easier by viewing them as opportunities to grow in awareness, to deepen our self-knowledge and our skills of compassion. We progress farther by courageously meeting our difficulties than by not having them at all.
For those of you who have bravely faced yourselves, I applaud your courage and your willingness to end certain patterns in your lives.
So, I invite you to reflect on the history of your lives. You can see that the things that have contributed most to your personal development have been the trials you have faced and passed through. If you have not had a QHHT session or a Past Life Regression session yet, and if you are interested, you may be in the process of marshaling your courage. And there’s always progress in that one thought.
In love and truth,
By Lori Lines
We are in the middle of very big changes. Literally, humanity is going through a portal of transmutation while learning how to become immune to the many "bites" from that which is outside of ourselves. We are carrying all knowledge within ourselves that reside in the seat of our souls.
All kinds of activations are going on in this great awakening, effecting all of humanity. Despite appearances the majority of humanity wants peace in the Universal Consciousness and it shall be so, even though in the denseness of our reality it seems slow in coming. However, once we are on the other side of it we will notice, actually, how fast it came.
Human Consciousness is carrying this transformation through each of our quantum strings of pure energy. We all chose and came here, to be here, to usher in and carry through, in each moment, this new way of being. We chose to come here and to be a part of the great destruction and the reconstruction of a new Earth.
Many of you are asking, "How am I participating?" Well, your service comes in many different forms. Your service can come through actually building and rebuilding businesses (brick and mortar as well as in other ways); your connection to others in your home, your neighborhoods, your cities, counties/parishes, your state and your nations. You are serving through your interactions with others both psychically and face-to-face. You are serving through your clarity of mind as well as your confusion right now. You are serving by your presence in any situation where you feel you are contributing your light, your love, and your focus. It is in the art you make, the healing you do, the words of wisdom you pass on to someone else. It is in your writing, your voice, your truth. It is when you dream as well as when you are awake and making dinner. It's just being the best of you at any given moment.
There is nothing you have to do, nothing you have to say but to be in the present moment as much as possible while allowing the quantum strings to do their will as we cannot stop this collective trajectory to higher consciousness.
Therefore, I want to deeply thank you all for your profound and Divinely Inspired presence. We are on a quest to manifest illuminated relationships within and without, making discoveries as we witness ourselves leaping out and expressing who we really are, expressing our truth, and bringing more transformation to the collective.
We are realizing many more perspectives than we've ever experienced. These can be felt as mystical experiences, for as we ascend, we will realize there are more possibilities than we have ever dreamed possible. This will manifest in many ways, too many to list here.
Whatever soul healing one may need at this point in time, in one's evolution, this will come in the way of love relationships (old and new) as well as in other ways.
Many of you will be recognizing that you'll be making decisions from your Divine will and manifesting springing forth from your decisions more easily. Careful what you wish for or think about as these things will begin manifesting very quickly.
Our DNA light codes are activated as this channel has experienced spontaneous, unprovoked, states of bliss and pure joy rushing through her body, mind, and spirit. Many of you have, too, and most of you will soon. This is experienced as being able to see mystical pathways that are in the realm of higher dimensions, resulting in new levels of self-actualization and lifting the self up from the ebb and flow of mundane earthly life.
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By Lori Lines
In my article, titled Cause and Affects of Awakening, I wrote "...if we assume too much guilt, we will be more reluctant to accept responsibility and bypass it altogether..." a few of you asked what I meant by that and I felt like this part needed more explanation, so I wanted to expound on this thought.
The difference between guilt and responsibility is life-altering. While some people may be misled, guilt and responsibility are mutually exclusive. When we err, particularly if it leads to hurting ourselves or others, it is vital to our own growth to take responsibility. When we take responsibility we empower ourselves in the process in which we realize our inner leverage to improve and secure future success, be it emotional, spiritual, or material.
Guilt, on the other hand, devalues us. It subconsciously undermines our self-worth and challenges our abilities. Assuming shame, or "guilt-tripping" someone else, is a disempowering process in which we rob the 'guilty' party (or ourselves) of the power to improve and secure future achievements.
It is understandable, then, how a cycle of 'guiltiness' can lead to a sense of learned helplessness and chronic powerlessness. Guilt is an emotionally evocative state. Objectivity is difficult when we feel we must constantly defend ourselves. This heightened state of emotional reactivity compromises our perceptions and our objectivity. Whether it's a singular event or generally pervasive, guilt leads to frustration and anger, which can trigger a fight response or lead to a state of depression and futility, triggering a flight response.
Either way, what can we accomplish when we resist responsibility or seek to escape it altogether?
Guilt is self-perpetuating; shame begets more shame. It takes an intentional shift in viewpoint to break the cycle. The first way to reframe your experience is to remove your ego from the equation. The ego thrives on judgments, and judgments are sustained by comparisons. When we say to someone "you should have known better," the ego is actually saying, "someone else would have known better," or "I would have known better." When it comes to ourselves, and we think "I did something bad," instead, the ego-consciousness whispers, "I AM someone bad."
Once we hush the ego-voice, we can practice self-acceptance and forgiveness. Forgiveness is essential because when we forgive ourselves and others, we remove the boulder in our path of development and growth. I cannot tell you how many times I've seen the lightbulb come on with clients when they realize how their lack of forgiveness has stunted their ability to move forward on their path. Forgiveness means when we know better, we can do better without burdening ourselves by our past faults. Which is a fundamental premise for responsibility.
Opposed to guilt, we can assume responsibility from a neutral and centered place of objectivity. The ego is not activated by a fear of criticism and rejection. Instead, the higher-self can commandeer our consciousness. We can view our missteps, or the missteps of others, from a place of compassion. Our higher consciousness appreciates that no one is perfect. We are all works-in-progress on the path to self-actualization, looking to connect with others and, ultimately, our higher-selves. From this perspective, we find grace for ourselves and others. This grace means no one is so marred by their missteps that they, or their path, are irredeemable.
This is our seat of empowerment. When accountability no longer threatens us, we are capable of adaptation, flexibility and growth. By creating healthier experiences, we build confidence and find our power. You will find, when you take responsibility for your 'wrongs,' drop guilt and shame, you will experience self-worth and inner strength when you achieve growth and a newfound faith in your ability to manifest your highest potential.
Boulder removed. :)
In love and truth,
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Author Lori Lines
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