Greater is the world inside us than the outside world.
Remember and recognize every day, the heart knows all things, the intellect can only glimpse. Let your heart train your brain; develop and trust that inner knowing. How else can you dispel the confusion of the day and live above the noise? When our heart and mind are in coherence, then we rise above fear, doubt and judgement. We maintain a place that appreciates life around us and the nuances of the day. The beauty, the awe, the wonder just as we did as children.
What is consciousness?
Consciousness at the basic level is choice. The ability to choose what we think and to know that in that choice our life presents experiences. Our choices determine the quality of those experiences.
For example, we can peacefully protest what resonates in our heart and continue on in our day. Or we can put ourself in harms way and suffer the consequences. We can saturate ourself with the current events presented by many sources and experience frustration/confusion or we can experience life around us. Read a good book, watch the sun rise or set, take a walk and so on. It’s a choice we make. The bottom line is that our choices must be automatic and also calculated. This takes practice.
What blocks us?
The problem occurs as the result of conditioning most of us have experienced: societal expectations. We have been taught to frame our world based the expectations of what is acceptable and right. Societal expectations haunt us, competition has been ingrained. As a result, we have relinquished the “knowing of our heart”. It takes effort and choice to peel back the layers of mind control and rediscover the beauty and innate intelligence of the heart. However, it is the most beneficial endeavor one can make in this physical world.
You are a powerful creator; the designer of your own life. When you own your life, then peace and contentment reside within you. Practice everyday staying in coherence with your heart. Take time to be still and quiet. Walk in nature. Record your voice speaking mantras of truth and listen to them often. Create a sacred place. Develop your own ceremony. There are many ways to practice, find the one that resonates and continue.
My husband and I are on a month long visit to southwest Utah and the beautiful parks not too far away. We drove four days, spending the nights along the way from western NC to Utah. We chatted with some neat people along the way. One morning in Russell Kansas, I spoke with a deputy sheriff as we were both waiting for our drinks in a local coffee shop. He wasn't wearing a mask, as most people in the town were not. He was quick to tell me that he respected those that did wear a mask, it was their choice. Looking very humble, he went on to say that we are all born with common sense, it's best to use it. I loved that comment! I thanked him for his service to his community and then we both went on our way. He in essence was saying, listen to your heart and walk accordingly.
My friends, be true to yourself. Know yourself and live above all this hubbub. Collectively we can make a difference. Choose the good, pure and wonderful things and live likewise. Think of me as your cheerleader. You've got this! Love, Julia
Julia Parsell is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor with an emphasis on the intersection of science and the sacred. She writes from experiences and transformative understandings that have led her to an authentic and peaceful life. She goes by these names: wife, daughter, grandmother, mother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. As home educator of her three children, she also developed/ran cafes, and maintained various leadership roles within her community. Her greatest desire is to encourage others to live life fully. Her passions are family, art creation, writing, and trail blazing. She is happily married in Western North Carolina.