Thursday, October 27, 2011

Shrine to the Golden Child Within

Shrine to the Golden Child Within

This graceful little shrine is the Shrine of the Divine Inner Child!   Your True Self beyond all masks and personas.  That part of yourself that is true to his/her feelings, express joy and sadness alike, without feeling shame, creative, spontaneous and free from the critical self!

The inner child is the golden, magical child of Self.  It is the perfect child of the Divine that lives within you : innocent and pure.

Within ourselves, behind our masks and acquired personalities, we have a True Self, the Golden Inner Child.   It is that part of ourselves that feel alive, energetic, creative, free, joyful and fulfilled. Through the conditioning process of life, most of us learn to stifle, suppress, repress or deny our Inner child. When this vital part of us is not nurtured and allowed freedom of expression, a false or co-dependent self emerges.

A great deal of time and effort has been put into creating an acceptable and powerful False Self. Indeed, this was necessary for your primary survival and as a way of functioning effectively in the world.

But this sense of power is not authentic, and it will not hold up to stress and stressful situations. In fact, the safe place that you have created for yourself, becomes your jail. For instance, as you defend against being hurt, you cut yourself off from your vulnerability and your real heart feelings. Eventually, you cannot feel sadness and pain, but you also cannot feel ecstatic joy.

The human psyche thus experiences the onslaught of these two powerful opposing forces at all times. On the one hand you have your True Self, Who has only your highest good as a focus. The True Self, however, does not adhere to the laws of this world, but it adheres to the Divine Law of One.

The ego or projected self, on the other hand, understands that it is the vehicle and the instrument to keep your body safe. It is not interested in the True Self’s purpose – it is only interested in keeping you safe. This is indeed an important function as your body is the vehicle of expression for the True Self and when the body no longer exists, your true self is incapable of expressing itself in this world. However, through its defensive and attacking modes of safe-keeping, the imposter actually kills off your life force, and your physical body ages and dies.

It is obvious therefore, that the interests of the False Self and the True Self could never meet. This is the dilemma facing those who wake up to a life which they no longer enjoy nor desire.

In order to discover what it is that you, as personality, want and expect from life, you need to uncover your personal unconscious. This is often termed as shadow work as you uncover all your hidden and suppressed aspects of self. Once you have uncovered your personal unconscious you are able to deal with it. You have the power of choice and free will as to whether you want to keep or discard these suppressed values and feelings. You learn to grow this process using discernment as opposed to judgement and the challenge is to live with the tension of the known as well as the unknown at all times. You cannot eradicate certain aspects of your being and you have to learn to use these to their highest potential. In this part of the journey you decide what it is that you value and you build a strong sense of self which will serve as a powerful and healthy vehicle for the True Self. This work is done on all levels of being, spiritual, mental, emotional and physical.

As you access aspects of yourself from the personal unconscious, you will access aspects of the collective unconscious. You will uncover the beliefs of your culture, your ancestry, your gender, your faith, and so on. Often we live symbolic sacrificial lives because of keeping an archetype alive in the collective unconscious. Once again, you have the power and choice of freeing yourself from the collective unconscious to the degree that you need or should choose to. At this part of growth, spirit and matter meets. It is to discover what it is that I want (ego as masculine self) and what it is that I want (soul as feminine self). This is where you will truly feel the power of the opposing forces and it is your challenge to find a sense of balance and integration.

The True Self does not judge. It acts from the premise that all is innocent. It is free of hostility and defensive attitudes and behaviour based on negative experiences of the past.

The False Self, comprising of the various voices of authority and conditioning, judges everything. The False Self believes in the premise of separation (divide and conquer).

As the True Self develops through the different stages of the personality and physical self, it becomes stunted at specific ages. Our Inner Child therefore never matures and heals. Unless you become conscious and aware of your own actions and behaviour, you will not realize that you are nursing a wounded inner child.

The ego will rationalize and justify the behaviour of its wounded inner child, and in fact, many childish behaviour are quite acceptable and, in fact, part of the norm of our society.

The Real Self feels vibrantly alive – it does not matter whether the feelings are those of guilt, anger, irritation or joy, but it FEELS. When you are in your true self, you are present and aware and you are in the moment.

One does not have to do anything in order to connect with your Self – it is to allow your true self to emerge and show itself and not to contrive or act in a way of should, ought to or must.

The journey of wholeness entails entering the dragon’s lair, getting to know its darkness and fears; making friends with the dark feelings and pain.  Eventually you will be able to seduce the dragon into becoming tame enough for you to kill it and to retrieve your treasure : your golden magical child.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Star

Over at my other blog HER GRACE by DEVATA and at Inspiration Avenue we are running our fabulous 500 followers blogparty.  The theme of the party is On the Wings of Inspiration and the question is 'what inspires you?'.

And my answer is the symbology and metaphysical meaning of The Star ( as seen in the Tarot).

And this is She :

She is inspiration, hope, belief, trust and faith in all things amazing and beautiful. She is acceptance, integration and embodiment (as opposed to transcendence).

She is the radiant light against the dark night sky.  She is the clarity amidst the chaos of life.

We struggle with the concepts of good and bad, dark and light.  As humans, through these struggles, we each choose a corner of belief and the way that we see the world, and eventually, through our closed mindedness, which we believe strengthens us in our quest to truth, clarity and happiness, we close our hearts down.

In the Western world we have been taught that we should overcome our weaknesses;  we should strive to get to the top of the pile and do what it takes to conquer and to become victorious in whatever we endeavour.

We live in the 'father's house' of masculinity of right action, righteousness and rightmindedness.  And thus, the beauty of the chaos, the beauty of the creative path, goes unnoticed and unvalued.  This value system drags in its wake the innocent, the weak, the eccentric and the feminine.  The values of nurturing and support, caring and simple things like housekeeping, gardening, sewing and crafting, loses its importance in the face of all that glitters.

And the one that suffers the most, is the Soul.  In this lopsided imbalanced value system, one applies those harsh judgemental laws to yourself and the Soul, the lover of freedom, innocence, compassion and beauty, suffers deeply.  Some call it the Inner Child or the Golden Child.  And She is The Star.

The Star holds the message that beyond the duality of striving and non-striving;  beyond the duality of masculine and feminine principles;  beyond the separation of different faiths and belief systems, there exists one reality of Love.  Some call that reality God or other Holy Names.  And everything flows from that True Love, abundantly without judgement, without regard, no conditions demanded.  And in Love duality does not exist and there is no separation.

And in this world of form, Love exists beyond form and in form and when we can see the Love in form regardless of its appearance, then we have become The Star.