'The Circle of Life Covering Three
Understanding the bigger picture of life, makes
the small challenging
parts make more sense.
Imagine the journey of life as a simple circle. If we drew
a circle on paper, we would write 'Source/Universal/God/Spirit/Love...' at the top
of the circle representing the beginning and the end of our journey. We believe
that life arises with few limiting programs and beliefs that filter who we are
as a bundle of love. And so the life cycle begins by unconsciously moving down
one side of the circle and up the other side and consciously progressing through
3 stages back to home, the source, a loving being.
For human beings, the first stage of the journey could be called the Stage of
Personality Development. Born of spiritual essence, we incarnate into matter
to explore the experience of pleasures, separation, form and duality. We slowly
grow and evolve physically, emotionally and mentally. Our ego and personality
emerge as we begin to identify with ourselves and the physical world. We forget
about our true higher nature.
As personalities, we believe in individuality, limitation, scarcity and
competition. These beliefs in separation give rise to fear, pain and pride
because we've forgotten who we really are. The Path of Personality is a path of attachment, distortion, coping,
self-centeredness, outer focus and exclusion where we tend to see ourselves as
victims. All of this moves us away from our higher connection and potential.
Two thirds of the way down the circle of life we reach an
important point - TRANSITION POINT #1. The focus of our lives shifts significantly. This
point is often triggered by recurring suffering and crisis and it brings a new
awareness and awakening. We can sometimes move through this first transition
point from victim hood more gently as our ego gradually matures. We know life
can be better.
Passing this first major transition point, we embark upon
the Path of Growth. We realize there is some order and meaning to the
struggling that still occurs. We search for truths. We develop character,
skills, morals and values. We seek out how to make sense of our new world. We
take courses, read books and try new techniques as we look for answers. Our
awareness increases, our world expands and we have a sense of control and
influence in our lives. We expand our thinking, wisdom and consciousness
As we move through the bottom of the circle and up the other side we feel better
about ourselves as we handle life and our growth. But then we hit a second major
point - TRANSITION POINT #2 - and probably the hardest to move through. This point can be
triggered by realizing the extra effort and discipline needed to break through
the world of duality and to trust in higher guidance. Basically all the rules
change as we realize we have lead a life of illusion, and major beliefs need
changing to become a human being instead of a human doing.
In the last two thirds of our circle journey back home, we
begin to see through the illusions of this material world. We begin to connect
with our authentic true nature - the love, potential and wisdom we can draw upon
to complete our journey. Passing this transition point, we embark upon the
Path of Spirituality. We increasingly let go of faulty beliefs and blocks to
allow our higher self to genuinely express through us. On this path, we focus on
inner work and how it can serve others. We experience opening up, detachment,
expansion, inclusion and evolution. We are accountable for our lives. We become
the authority of ourselves and fully trust our higher intuitive guidance. We are
more capable of magnetizing to us the ones we seek to aid.
As unique expressions of the divine, our journeys through life expand our
- Where might you place yourself on this circle of life?
- Are you traveling the path of personality development?
- Or have you moved through your fist transition point to
working on yourself?
- Or have you turned back towards home with a growing
awareness of your spiritual essence?
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What is Consciousness.
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