Are you living the life you’ve always dreamed of? I mean, really? Are you the person you want to be? Or is there a persistent issue in your life you’ve yet to change or improve?
Whether you’re a teacher or CEO, are frustrated with your job, have a challenging relationship with your spouse or partner, are longing to live your passion and purpose more fully in the world, or feel that life wasn’t meant to be such a struggle, it’s often your desire for greater peace and happiness that sets you on the path of living a more conscious life.
In your search for change and growth, you may have begun your transformational journey with self-help books, workshops, or some kind of counseling or coaching. Maybe you’ve been looking at certain problems for a while, yet they still persist. You might have seen some positive changes at first, only to notice they didn’t seem to last. Maybe it’s been a while since you sat down and thought about what you want. Perhaps your already full life keeps you so busy that you aren’t able to spend as much time as you’d like on what you’re learning, or old habits and issues get in the way.
No matter where you’re starting from, you can go to your next level of happiness, wholeness, transformation, and success. You’ll feel more deeply, experience life more profoundly, and enjoy a more intimate connection with yourself, your soul, and others.
Staying on Course
So how do you do it? How do you stay on course to reach your ultimate life and create real, lasting change? By diving deeper. Going deeper means getting to know your internal dialogue and emotional connections by paying attention to your thoughts and feelings, which allows you to be more conscious of what’s initiating the vibratory quality that actually creates your life experiences.
If you’re willing to stay on your cutting edge, increasing insight and consciousness, and becoming more awake and aware, then you’ll be happier, and have more freedom and aliveness. Diving deeper helps you achieve authentic and lasting happiness. It’s your path to freedom and it’s worth every bit of effort. You go deeper because you want to understand, and create real and lasting change. You go deeper because you want to experience the core of your being. You go deeper because, really, what could be more important?
As you live more consciously, moment by moment, you continue growing in ways that allow you to experience and embody more wholeness and freedom. This path leads you to uncover, grieve, and work through historical difficulties, opening the door to the emergence of your real self. Consider the possibility of living a fully integrated life—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Been There, Done That!
When you’re living a conscious life, your job is to be with whatever arises, and to address any difficult or painful thoughts and feelings that block you from experiencing yourself as Wholeness, or nondual consciousness. As you identify and heal these obstacles, you naturally return to being present in the now. Out of frustration you might say, “I’ve been through this before and I don’t want to feel it again.” Yet here it is, right in front of you. If you deny what arises, you just create a stronger energetic charge that holds on to that difficulty. When you live in, “I don’t wanna,” the tension and resistance just magnifies what’s there.
Persistent problems, however unpleasant they may seem, contain the unprocessed and unexamined thoughts and feelings that, if left alone, keep you from your greatness. That’s why the pain, emptiness, and longing you feel can be your greatest gift — it can motivate you to examine parts of yourself that have been overlooked, forgotten, or hidden. It’s the irritant of sand in the oyster, which is the impetus for the pearl. In walking the conscious life path, you reveal your deepest Reality, layer by layer. From here you can let yourself be. You come home.
In addition to navigating all the aspects of your inner life, you also have to contend with the environment around you. Our planet is changing at a dizzying rate. Globally, there is intensifying unrest, escalating conflict, financial instability, unemployment, alarming climate change, and environmental destruction. We grieve with those experiencing the devastation of earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters. Our old way of living and relating has been fundamentally disturbed, and it’s easy to be frightened by the unknown.
Emerging Shift in Consciousness
Along with the signs of an outward shift in our world, we’re also experiencing an emerging shift in consciousness. These shifts can potentially mire us in confusion or raise us to our next level, our next evolution of consciousness, which is different for each individual.
Your potential for bliss lies in the consciousness in which you hold life, with all of its burdens and pleasures. If you’ve read this far, you likely feel moved to create positive change in yourself and the world around you, and you can. You can make a difference! This new paradigm is about embracing responsibility for your life and developing a deeper, richer awareness of yourself and the world around you.
By diving into these multiple layers of existence you’ll recognize the abundance that you already embody, as well as all that’s available to you. You’ll learn to live from a deeper sense of self. You’ll know how to slow down, recognize your gut feelings or intuition, and determine what’s truly best for you. You’ll have the opportunity to connect within, distinguish your wise internal voice from the voice of your childhood programming, and make your inner wisdom the rudder for your life.
You now have the opportunity to live a rich, profound, and intimate life, connected to yourself, others, and God. You’ll find that deep change isn’t derived from a fantasy, but is grounded in an expanded awareness that takes rewarding effort to grow and cultivate. Your true nature will shine!
© 2013 Dr. Jennifer Howard. All rights reserved.
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Your Ultimate Life Plan: How To Deeply Transform Your Everyday Experience And Create Changes That Last
by Dr. Jennifer Howard.
Your Ultimate Life Plan is the missing "how to" for getting unstuck and moving past your problems into a richer and more meaningful life. The distillation of Dr. Howard's 20-plus years of experience as a licensed psychotherapist and spiritual teacher, this "workshop in a book" is a roadmap to living your most happy, most authentic, most amazing life. Why settle for average, when the potential to live an amazing life is inside you, right now? This book will help you step boldly into your next, deeper level of happiness, wholeness, transformation, and success.
About the Author
Jennifer Howard, Ph.D., is the author of Your Ultimate Life Plan. A recognized thought leader on psychology and spirituality, Dr. Howard is a Huffington Post blogger, one of the featured experts in the national wellness campaign, Walk with Walgreens, and has appeared as an expert on numerous national network television shows. A life and business coach, professional speaker, and co-founder of the Healing Path Center, Dr. Howard maintains a private practice with offices in New York City and Long Island, and has an extensive phone practice.