Okay, I have been on IQ for about four weeks and a genuine thank you for all who post questions, answers and comments here. Answers, links, comments, suggestions, advice from @Stingray,@Sherry @LapisLazuli, @Dollar Bill, @MagicalUniverse, @Wade Casaldi and others have been amazingly helpful:) In fact, I feel finding IQ and all of YOU wonderful people sharing your knowledge itself is the manifestation of my desire for clarity on certain issues. I had asked for it, then forgot about it and it came to me effortlessly:)) Amazing. I am starting to get how this works:)
Now, I have learned that there are only two things in the bottom line of our Inward Quest: (1) Feeling Good. (2) See point 1 :)
But most of us (at least newcomers) will make a 'project' out of this feeling good business! With the newly acquired knowledge, I know I did it. Now I have come to the point where I shake these methods to adapt to my personality. And it makes me feel good. The processes itself need to be 'let go' beyond the specific methods. This is how I mean...
For some reason when it comes to processes like Visualization, meditation, getting into the Vortex, affirmations and such, most of us tend to make them rigid and ritualistic. By that I mean we somehow believe there is only one correct way. I found myself struggling to come up with precise affirmations (should I say I need?,I want? or I am asking for?, I am requesting?, It'd be great if...etc.), perfect condition for meditation (lotus position, uncluttered place etc.). I would redraft my affirmations (actual words), spend an hour cleaning up, prepping up the spot for my meditation etc. If everything was not PERFECT IT was not perfect (effective). At least that's what I was believing until I decided that it need not be so. Still would like your suggestions:)
One specific example: One technique of releasing the desire suggested by Stingray was touching the tip of the tongue to the top of the mouth, saying the desire in mind and then releasing the tongue, thereby letting go of the desire. It's a great method. Fast, on-the-go, anywhere types. Me liked it:) Now, one day, I am jogging, in good rhythm, came across a traffic/people chaos situation which was going to break my rhythm. Now, instantly I start doing the tongue thingy for the chaos to clear up, but...but I am lost for exact words...redrafting in my head, wait...is that what i should be saying etc. and by that time I started laughing at my dilemma and then the thoughts just drifted:) Rhythm broken, jogging came to halt. Spoiled while phrasing the words:) Note: Although I did not execute the tongue thingy perfectly, the intent took me to feeling good. And I think that's what was needed in that situation.
Another example is, since childhood, my mum used to say the perfect time for exercise is 6:00 AM. Of course, I made it like its 6:00 AM or never! That was before I realized I am just not a morning person:) I overcame this one eventually. Well into 12 years of adult life and failing to exercise at 6:00 AM consistently (please don't laugh:) , one day I just looked in the mirror and said "@#$% it, I can't do it at 6! I accept it" and now I do it any time of the day, at least I am exercising:) And that makes me Feel good!
So why is that when it comes to 'spiritual' processes we tend to be 'panicky', 'nervous', 'self judgmental', 'ritualistic', 'hung up'? Why are we more apprehensive about doing it right than doing it consistently? Am I the only newbie who feels like this or do you guys experience something like this?
EDIT: A week after the jogging incidence, I decided that in future, in a similar situation I would just say 'Oh, clear up THIS chaos' rather than TRYING for 'Oh, clear up this Traffic/people situation at the intersection of X and Y, at 7:10 P.M with Latitude & Longitude of...." like sending the Universe exact GPS coordinates:)
You certainly have some deep thoughts and I like them as they make me think too! I spent years doing Shamanic rituals, mental affirmations and so on, and they worked wonderfully. I still will use them every now and then but only because we are in a physical reality & sometimes doing something physical like a ritual or stating out an affirmation can solidify energetically into the physical reality. However, I would like to point out that rituals can also take power away from the individual depending on the perspective of the user.
If you use them from the perspective, 'I am the power and the power is within my mind, my thoughts and beliefs', and then purposefully use them as a tool to set the energy forth, that is much different from using them as a means to get or manifest something. If someone is worrying about whether they are doing it right, then they are most likely handing their power over. It should feel more like, I've sent my desire out and feel good about it and now I will solidify it, or set it in motion, with this ritual or affirmation rather than, 'How do I use this to manifest or am I doing this right'? There is a huge difference between the two but a fine line that divides them! Also, keep in mind there is not right or wrong rituals, you can make up your own like just snap your finger, wave your hand or close your eyes tight or do whatever you come up with that you like. It's really how you feel about what you are doing that's going to make the biggest impact.
answered 06 Jun '12, 11:06
In addition to the answers already here, I'd like to also point out that we are living in fast-moving vibrational times...and they are getting faster.
So that means that processes that might have worked for people generally 20 years ago, even 10 years ago, even 5 years ago, might actually feel "resistant" today because our vibrational attitudes have shifted and are shifting as the vibrational tide washes over us all.
Rigidity of process (which comes about from rigidity of thought) will work against you these days.
Use whatever you feel inspired to use in whatever way you feel inspired to use it.
The only constant in ALL vibrational times is that Feeling Good is good :)
...so that's always the ultimate target to aim at.
If a process isn't helping you in the direction of feeling good within minutes of applying it, it's time to leave it for now and try something else instead...but only if you have enough of a vibrational toolbox of processes to hand to try "something else".
If you don't know what else to do, you are better off sticking with working with what you are familiar with until the inspiration comes to try something else, or physical life events draw you towards another process.
If you don't even know where to begin, choose any process to start with and work it consistently. Sooner or later, just in having made that decision to begin, you'll have fired off vibrational energies that will naturally lead you (if you go with the flow) towards more suitable processes/knowledge customized to your existing belief systems.
When we decide to deliberately feel good our ego likes to get in the road with resistance,complicate things and make us work for it.
try to find an easy way to feel good and get in the vortex preferably first thing every morning.the simpler the better.dont think or question it just do it.something like the Abraham-hicks vortex meditations which are good or even a playlist of your favourite songs.
From your vortex or your higher vibration first thing every morning your life will become easier and start to flow better.
We have to personalize the processes and be adaptive. What your question made me think of was ....if we are this hard on ourselves on getting the ritual perfect to get the best results...just think how demanding the traditional institutional churches are for following their demands for rituals...and their rituals really have nothing to do with manifesting or getting results...its just about tribal obedience. I'm sorry for this anti-establishment attitude towards organized religion but they waste and consume so much of your time and energy for non-productive compliance...just like government. I'm sorry to go off the trail here but I think part of this journey is to break free from these outside constraints of authority and explore this path to personal liberity.
answered 06 Jun '12, 05:54
You sound so much like me, especially when first starting out. And thank you for making me laugh! At 6:00 a.m., too, when I was looking for my happy place for the day, which made me laugh all the more.
I think that the work we do learning to use the methods talked about here is invaluable, but it is something like learning to read, or really any detailed skill. You do have to learn the details of it all, but once you do, it sinks in and eventually comes so naturally, you don't even fully realize you are doing it. It becomes second nature to you.... You even begin writing, yourself!
As Stingray says, just relax and get happy, any way you can. It doesn't matter what makes you happy. It's the happy that makes the magic!
Welcome Xoomaville, I am glad you posted this, it is a good question. :-)
This is because we tend to think for something to work it has to be complex. The more complicated it is the more people hold it in validity.
It gets the to point of the closer it is to me not understanding it, the more it is bound to work.
I swear if someone comes up with a healing system based on Algebra & Calculus mixed in with Latin Geometry everyone would go wild for it saying "This must be the best no-one understands it at all!"
I think that is where High Magick comes from, I used to study that calling on the angels ect... But the more I got into it the more I realized I am doing a ton of stuff to achieve very little results. I realized the ritual the bigger it was was all to get me to believe something was happening! Then one day I realized the whole purpose is to get me to believe, it other words the thing that was actually doing the magick was not the ritual but the belief in the ritual! The faith! Once I realized that I dumped all my high magick stuff and turned to my Christian study and understood Jesus was trying to show us it does not need to be complex like religion but only needs faith!
Expectation of a proclamation! That simple! Amazing! We command it and know it will be done then Thank God that it has been heard and he is doing it.
So simple, I use that for healing, casting out devils, if I need to park close I just expect I 'll get a place close and there it is. It is living in faith, not ritual ritual is dead but faith is alive it gets things done where as ritual prepares us for having faith to get things done.
It is like realizing we do not need the middle man. Example of ritual vs faith: Old Faithful blows everyday at some time we may stumble upon it by sitting down and praying for a sign and bingo the geyser blow up. So every day you go there at the same time looking for a sign from God and pray and every day you get this geyser. Now along comes another man, and you tell him about this amazing sign from God that you get every day and he says that goes off every day whether you pray or not! Of course you feel no I have to offer my prayer or I may anger God. So the other guy shows you it will and does that there is no need for ritual just know it will. It does and you are amazed you didn't need to sacrifice your offering of prayer for this to happen.
I think a lot of ancient sacrificial religions came upon that the same way. They noticed something happened when they did something and so continued to do that again and again to make it happen again.
It evolved from animal offering to prayer offering but still it is an appeasing thing a ritual that if I do this that and the other thing too that God will be appeased and do something for me.
I believe Jesus was leading us away from that and toward just living in faith, expect results. Of course the old way is expecting results AFTER we do all this ritual but the bottom line is: the expectation of result.
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