New Wisdom for a New Age

Posted by on January 25, 2014 in Activism, Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living with 0 Comments
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Sam Welsby, Contributor

My Mum likes to offer me pearls of wisdom from the past She’s an avid reader of health supplements and was born into the baby boomer generation where social conformity was paramount. She often passes on advice  from the papers or doles out a dollop of common sense from days gone by. The main area of my life that she takes an interest in is my diet, and whenever I see her I’m given a litany of do’s and don’ts to help me stay slim and healthy. These rules have changed over the years depending on what was en vogue. In the 1980s the low-fat-high-fibre diets saw us eating wholewheat pasta, bread, low fat everything, sweeteners and no dairy. Skip forward 20 years and we’re all stuffing our faces with bacon, eggs and butter because Dr Atkins tells us it’s the carbs that make us fat. Nowadays, it’s all about soy and superfoods, vegetables that kick start our metabolism and fruits that make us look younger. The idea of eating breakfast isn’t a new one, but what we eat and why we eat it changes constantly. Back in my Mum’s day you sat down with your family and ate a cooked breakfast to set you up for a hard days work. We now live in a more individualistic culture, so breakfast is less out connecting with your family and more about doing something to make you look better.

What’s important?

This collective obsession with how we look is cultivated through magazines, TV shows and the media in general. It’s not that caring about how you look and your health is bad, but the amount of time we think about these things, and the amount of money we spend on the latest diet book, exercise regime or beauty product is out of balance. I guarantee that every woman I know has spent way too much time worrying about a specific part of her body, how big or small it is in comparison to other women’s, what she can do to make it smaller, firmer or less prominent. We’ve bought DVDs, books and magazines to help us find the solution to this ongoing issue that is always in the back of our minds. We’ve asked our friends about how they manage their problem area, what they eat, how often they exercise, how much water they drink and where they buy their clothes. Enough! It’s not important, at least not important enough to think about every day. Because we know what to do, don’t we? We know what foods are good for us and not just because we’re constantly told by the media. We each know intrinsically what our body needs by the way that we feel.

Who are we listening to?

Yet we often disregard what our body is telling us. We prefer to follow our minds or take the advice of experts. This morning my mind was telling me to eat breakfast, but my body was saying, “I’m not hungry”. My mind was saying, “What do you know, body? You’re supposed to eat breakfast, so get on with it!” But my body won, much to my mind’s dismay. I’ve learnt over the years that if I want to feel healthy I listen to my body; not other people, not my mind and certainly not experts on TV. These bonafide scientific experts, who are of course just humans like you and me, are held up as infallible but, as with statistics, you can find one to prove whatever point you want to make. Let us remember that many scientific facts are simply theories and these theories change based on new discoveries. We now all accept that smoking is bad for our health, but in the 1940s everyone was puffing on the smokes and even doctors were recommending their favourite brand. A little bit of common sense should have told the population that inhaling smoke into their lungs wasn’t a great idea, but the notion of corporations caring more about profit than people’s health hadn’t taken hold, so puff away they did. After decades of denial from tobacco companies, we now know the health risks that come along with smoking and can make an informed choice based on all the facts.

Stop playing the blame game

Monsanto and their GMO food monopoly has been highlighted in the media for a while now, with protests happening around the world to either ban their products or, at the very least, label them correctly. Fox news recently jumped on the band wagon calling in experts to tell the American public that Monsanto may not have their best interests at heart, a message that many people were already getting from their own bodies after eating some of these foods. But most people choose to believe what the news tells them rather than heeding their own warning signs. Yet, if we disregard our common sense in favour of the advice of others we will continue to give our power away and damage our self-esteem. The more we damage our self-esteem the less we trust our own guidance and so we look to others to tell us what to do. Our society teaches us to be victims, to play the blame game to the point of ridiculousness. We can sue companies if we burn our lip on a hot beverage because they should have told us it was hot. We are encouraged to dumb ourselves down and relinquish responsibility for our actions by following rules that curtail our freedom and encourage a victim mentality. Of course, Monsanto shouldn’t be free to sell products that harm people, but while we still live in a world where governments favour big business over the safety of the population, it’s up to us to be more discerning and exercise our freedom of choice.

Remember who you are

The more we exercise this power the stronger we become. That inner strength and unwavering trust in our ability to make positive choices is the most valuable gift we can give ourselves. It is the gift of sovereignty. It helps us see that the lifestyle we’re sold is false and empty. We know that there is more to life than how we look and what we own. We know that if we’re depressed we don’t necessarily need to be medicated, we need to make a positive change. We know we are inherently kind, trustworthy and compassionate, we care about each other, we love the planet on which we live and we each know what is best for us. We may not always remember these things, but we do know them. Remembering them means we can’t hide behind victimhood, separation consciousness and ideas of ‘us versus them’. It’s a remembrance that we’re all responsible for ourselves, how we feel, what we experience, what we choose to believe and how we treat the planet. It’s time to shake off our sad stories, our need for constant guidance and take the reigns in this year of the Horse. We all know how to do this, we know how to live well. Let’s apply our own unique wisdom and not sell ourselves short any longer.

Here’s to conscious evolution.

About the Author

Sam WelsbySam Welsby is a teacher of conscious evolution, freelance writer, social activist and healer helping people bridge the gap between their physical and spiritual selves. She offers guidance on how to navigate the catalysing energies of change through her articles, personal healing sessions and mentoring programs. Her healing techniques help people to release emotional trauma on multiple levels, so they can live life with clarity and purpose.

Through a practical approach of grounding spirit into physical reality, she teaches people to be their own gurus and supports them in taking inspired action to create the life they want. For information on how you can you can work with Sam, please visit. www.samwelsby.com

She has a BA in Education, Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Holistic Counselling a lifetime of study of esoteric information, the nature of consciousness and what it means to be spiritual.

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