Tag: Philosophy

How Much Baggage Do You Carry?

How Much Baggage Can You Carry?

Airlines have the right idea metaphysically (definitely not when it comes to $$$). They charge you for every bag now. They know that the more you bring on your trip, the heavier the plane becomes. The heavier the plane is, the more fuel it takes to fly you to your destiny. I believe this metaphor applies to our lives. The baggage is our past. The plane is our destiny.

There is a wonderful meditation that you can do (or a hypnotist can lead you through) where you imagine that you are walking through every stage of your life, collecting things from the people who have impacted you along your way—both good and bad. These people could be teachers, parents, siblings, friends, or foes. I imagine that each person gives me an article that I put in a suitcase. As the suitcase gets full, I pick up another suitcase to carry more articles.

You begin as early as you remember and end at today. When you get to the present, you imagine that you are standing at the doorway of heaven.  To cross the threshold, you must jump.

To jump, though, you can’t be carrying all the baggage from your past. The question the angel asks you at the doorway to heaven is: “What would you be like without all this baggage? Who would you be?”

When I went through the process, I realized that I would be throwing away the good with the bad, and I had resignations about releasing everything. I wondered if I would be a different man without all my accolades and badges of honor and, even more specifically, all the bad things that shaped me into the more compassionate person I’ve become. But I realized that I wanted to move ahead… to be at peace and with spirit. So, I let go and jumped.

What I learned from the experience is that what you learn from your experiences of life is integrated into your body and brain and life. You need not carry it with you like a heavy burden. What is good and necessary will always be with you. What you no longer need will automatically release, if you let it, like a snake shedding an old skin.

What you experience is a new you, lighter and freer than you were before.

So, gather your old baggage! It’s time to let go and let God.

 

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You WERE Always on my Mind

You WERE Always on My Mind

I think everyone has that someone who has permeated his/her mind to the point that he or she influences decisions and events long after the person has gone.

I can think of one or two people in my life that I think about and wonder “what would …. think about that if he or she was standing right here?” or wonder if it would make that person jealous or envious because I have succeeded in some way that far surpassed their memory of me.

It saddens me, in fact, that I go there–every time I go there. I don’t want to live in the past. I don’t want my life to be about proving to anyone that I’m worthy or good enough for good. I should know by now that the only person I have to prove that to is MYSELF.

Worthiness, unfortunately, was one of those identifying markers our family and teachers branded into our brains. This is one of those neuro pathways that takes years to undo if you are living in the past and/or trying to undo the mental state on a cognitive level (with cognitive therapy).

The only way I can deal with it is from a spiritual place which I learned from self-hypnosis. I talk about my spiritual perch. You can only get there if you learn to relax enough and disassociate enough from the physical body to find a comfortable observing place where there is no judgement or condemnation. I find that I can watch what I do as a human and redirect my path calmly and wisely using the tools I learn daily from my spiritual teachers and reading from this perch.

I hope this helps if you are like me and waste so much time thinking in the past about people who have wronged you and left you for reasons you may never know. It’s time to cut your losses and move on. They may find you again or not. But you have grander pastures to walk through and lovelier people to invite into your consciousness. Amen.

 

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