Remembering the Soul’s Journey

thCA2B7706Through the guidance of our magnificent Soul, we are gently led into places beyond what we could ever imagine – we need only to listen, observe, and be open to the possibilities…

Our Soul is born of Spirit and at the very core of our multi-faceted being.  And it is through this radiant consciousness that we create our experiences through a process of remembering all that we are in our authentic nature.  And it is through this same radiant consciousness that we are always guided along our path whether we are aware of it or not.  Let us explore some of the many ways in which our Soul reveals to us who we truly are through the things that naturally unfold in our everyday experiences.

Let me begin by saying that our soulfulness was openly expressed when we were very young children because we were still unencumbered by all the things we have grown into through our personal experiences and environmental influences.

We need only to look at our young children to see the evidence of their amazing 57soulfulness.  The first thing we will notice is that while all children share similar traits especially within their families, they are uniquely different.  There is always something special that sets them apart from their siblings and other children.  We will witness how free they are in their personal expressions in what they say; what they like to wear, the colors they enjoy most, the people they feel most comfortable being around, how they use their creativity and imagination, what they gravitate towards in the way of art, music, and other activities, the wisdom they already possess, their zest for life, their openness, and so much more.

The truth from this perspective is that all of these things and more are still very much a part of who we are and expressed in some manner yet today.  While this may not be readily apparent, we may find that what we are doing right now in our chosen profession for instance, directly relates to what we enjoyed doing as a child.  And if we are not, we may be feeling unfulfilled and are in pursuit of what brings us joy.  The significance in both instances is that we were and are always guided by our Soul…again, whether we are aware of it or not.

When we feel unhappy or restlessness, it is our soul stirring within and guiding us to move into something that is more in alignment with itself as us.  This “stirring” is about change and moves us closer to remembering who we are.  Change is a natural part of our being…just like the changing seasons in Mother Nature.  The truth is we are no different from what we see out in nature, for we are not separate from it.  In fact, when we look closer, we will see the similarities in our transformations and growth patterns as those of trees, flowers, and every living thing.  What we will notice most of all, is that nothing can stop life from changing, growing, or transforming itself. Let us look at some of the ways in which nature continued to evolve…

calm-water-angel-fairyWhen one leaf falls from a tree, there will be others to replace it; A flower comes to full bloom when the bud is ready to open to expose its full beauty; The caterpillar changes into a magnificent butterfly; A tiny acorn grows into a mighty oak tree; weather conditions affect the growth of plants;  and so on.

So, what are we to glean from this?  As we are part of nature, we will also continue to change and evolve throughout our entire lives as well.  For example, we know that physically we grow from infancy into adulthood which is apparent through the changes that happens within and outside our bodies.  As for our emotional and mental states, we will continue to develop through every season of our experiences and what we learn through them, which incidentally affects our physical bodies as well.  It is important to accept that everything we have experienced thus far regardless of the circumstances has been a significant aspect our spiritual growth and the evolution of our beautiful Soul.

Spiritual-DoorSo, what are some of the others ways in which we are guided?  And how does it show up in our experiences today? Intuition is one of the ways our Soul most definitely speaks to us.  We receive inklings of information that resonate with us beyond what we may understand, yet know beyond reason.  For instance, have you ever had a feeling that compels you to call a family member or friend right away only to find out there was something very important they needed to tell you?  Have you ever found yourself going in a different direction than you may have planned with regards to a career or vocation, and found the perfect opportunity that feels like a dream come true?  The voice beyond reason is at work here…our intuitive voice.

How about our dreams?  Many clues are revealed through what we experience in our dreams because they hold nothing back, and provide us with honest answers to anything we may want or need to know.   It behooves us to pay close attention to them for they are indeed a powerful way in which we are guided to move forward during our waking hours.

Our Soul also can be felt and seen through the things we enjoy such as art, music, writing, and other hobbies and pastimes.  Believe it or not, there are significant messages within them.  For instance, what are we most focused on while engaging in these activities?  Pathways?  Beauty?  Light?  Flowers?  Animals?  Angels?  People?  Children?

How about the people that we gravitate toward and vice versa.  Are you surrounded psychesby, Teachers?  Artists?  Leaders? Writers? Healers?  Do you think there is something significant in these interactions?  This writer thinks so.  Remember, we attract into our lives who and what we are.

What about déjà vu?  Could this be a form of guidance for us to remember who we are?  Something to ponder is it not?  The very idea of feeling that we have experienced something before is intriguing at best even if we haven’t actually experienced it…or have we?  If nothing else, it could leave us feeling that there is much more to our life than we might imagine.

The Soul’s Journey is a beautiful unfolding of how our lives continue to evolve.  We may or may not remember everything about where we have been or where we are going, yet when we are open to all the possibilities, we will glean some insight into who we are at the deepest level of our authenticity.  We are simply encouraged to be aware and mindful along the way and recognize that we are more than what meets the eye…more than our physical being.  Remember, we are spiritual light beings having a human experience.  And as such, we have the innate power and the wisdom to look Beautiful-Angel-angels-8025041-1024-768beyond what we can ascertain through our humanity and learn to perceive life through the spiritual discernment of our higher self.  It is within and through our wholeness that we can perceive our Soul.  Being authentic is to know and accept all that we are in our wholeness…and living our lives from a realistic place of where we are in this important moment, and in balance with both our spiritual and physical nature. We have all come to the planet earth to do or learn something significant to our Soul’s Journey.

Again, listening and being observant is important if we are to uncover the truth of our own unique existence, as well as how we create harmony with other souls.  Everything we do affects everyone and everything else.  That is how life works.  The beauty is that whenever we look in the eyes of another, we see their shining soul looking back at us.  This is a beautiful exchange of energy because it gives us an inkling of how connected we really are, especially when there is an instant recognition of something profoundly familiar.  Whatever that resonance is, we are remembering something…

Overall, everything we experience serves to gently guide us into remembering more clearly the nature of our magnificent Soul and who we are through its divine expression.  And when we consciously allow ourselves to be in this natural flow of its guidance, we will take our journey even more profoundly into heightened levels of our divinity and bring to light extraordinary demonstrations of our inherent greatness.

There is so much more to learn along the way…perhaps you have other ideas as to how you are guided throughout your own life.  We are all in this life together, and it through our interactions with each other, that we begin to realize the significance of our own soulful journey and how it relates to the evolution of us all…in our Oneness.

Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts with you.  Namaste’.

In Love, Light and Divine Inspiration,

Dr. Regina J. Dekker, Msc.D.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Regina J. Dekker, Msc.D.

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Living in Gratitude

121138 Living in Gratitude changes the scope of our perception

WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT to talk about gratitude?  Most of us give thanks for our blessings on a regular basis, don’t we?  There are even those who work with gratitude journals as a daily practice.  Practicing gratitude is a wonderful way to uplift our spirit and keeps us from getting too caught up in the uncertainties present within our environment.  Living in gratitude from this perspective is almost a journey within itself because ultimately it is about becoming more aware in our daily lives, and being mindful of everything that sustains our life physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.  Being grateful therefore, is important because it greatly affects how we view and experience our individual lives and life as a whole.

Why do some people seem more grateful than others?  The level of our gratitude is based on our conditioning and how our life experiences have influenced us and the choices we may have made thereof.  For example, my childhood was not very joyful, and as an adult did not always make sound decisions which of course, created more unhappiness and chaos.  I came to understand that having come from painful places made it difficult for me to see clearly through the filters of the pain I experienced…even if only on a subconscious level.  I always felt grateful and happily expressed the appropriate thank you’s whenever warranted, yet realized later on that gratitude goes much deeper than that.  And while I also maintained a pretty positive outlook on things, looking back on it, realize that my view of life was a bit skewed and understand more clearly how that affected the level of my gratitude and therefore the state of my circumstances.

This all came to my realization during a workshop I facilitated in which gratitude was an integral part. During the process of sharing what we were grateful for, someone (who I knew was going through a rough time) asked me this question in a somewhat skeptical fashion, “Well, how much can a person be grateful for?”  It1383663_729582190390084_1345031720_n caught me off guard at first, until I recalled my own feelings of the past, and realized that perhaps we had pain and suffering in common.  This experience gave me incredible insight into our divine connection to each other, and how the Universe supports us through these interactions to help us evolve into our wholeness.

The more grateful we are, the more we will have to be grateful for.  Why?  Because gratitude vibrates at higher frequencies and naturally attracts more of what resonates with that same level of energy.  The encouragement here is to gently work at practicing gratitude regardless of what may be going on and look for the beauty in every situation, even when it feels almost impossible to do so.  Everything does happens for a reason even if we don’t understand it at the time…just be open to its unfoldment.

One of the ways that can help us open up even more to the blessings of gratitude is to let go of all the things that no longer serve us.  This of course in an individual journey, so what we choose to let go of will be different for each of us.  Perhaps though, it could be letting go (in love) of anything we may feel guilty or ashamed about.  These two things alone, coming from my own past experiences, seems to cloud our vision to the vast beauty expressing all around us, and therefore limiting our level of gratitude.  Holding on to these feelings can keep us from loving ourselves and not feeling worthy to receive life’s blessings.  We may want to consider being free of those things by forgiving ourselves and anyone else that may be involved in those painful situations.  This is a process and may not be easy at first, yet when we practice gratitude and perhaps learn to treat ourselves like our own best friend, we will find a way to do this with gentleness and compassion.

Acceptance is the first step in our ability to move forward.  We cannot change the past other than to change our perception of it through forgiveness and the recognition that we did the best we could with the information we had at the time.  We can however, change and build on those past perceived mistakes in our present circumstances.  (Perceived mistakes because there are no mistakes, only those things that help us to grow).  Everything that we have experienced makes up who we are 855176-bigthumbnailtoday…let’s honor it.  We are encouraged then to again, accept what happened, look for the beauty or pearls of wisdom, be grateful for what it may have taught us, and perhaps create something magnificent out of those seemingly negative events.  And whenever we become aware of having a negative thought about any situation, past or present, let us begin changing it by replacing it with gratitude.  The truth is, we do not want to focus on the negative, because we will attract more of the same.  That is how the Universal Laws work.

When we learn to live in gratitude, we will feel lighter and begin to recognize all the ways in which we are blessed and the grace that surrounds us in every moment.  We will see things in nature that perhaps we did not notice before.  We will become more grateful for the people in our own lives and beyond that, and begin to realize just how connected we really are and replace judgement with compassion.  We will  begin to honor ourselves and become stronger within our own integrity and have the courage to stand by it.  We will be more open and honor the individuality in others even when we disagree.  We may even learn to simply say “thank you” without discounting a compliment.  (I definitely needed to learn this one.)   We will be more supportive of others because we will see them through different eyes.  Our self-esteem and self-worth will be lifted up to a place of knowing we are deserving of everything.  We will be more present in our life and at peace with ourselves.  And in the silence of that peace, we will discover endless possibilities in which to practice gratitude and open up the channels for love expressing itself more profoundly as us in the process.

Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts with you.  Namaste’.

In Love, Light and Divine Inspiration,

Dr. Regina J. Dekker, Msc.D.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Regina J. Dekker, Msc.D