Are you drawn to a more spiritual or satisfying lifestyle or career but don’t know where to begin?
One of the first things any coach or mentor facilitates with their client or pupil is to identify the individual’s vision. What is your desired future?
And, one of the most common stumbling blocks for those individuals is that they don’t know what they actually want.
Often, more than else, a person knows that they are not content with the current state of affairs. They want change or feel a calling towards a different life, but they’re not quite sure what they’d like or how to create it.
For example, Peta was a highly trained marketing manager responsible for six employees in a government department. She’d been in the same job for over eleven years. It paid very well and there were many aspects of the job Peta really enjoyed.
However, the nature of the industry and the high pressured deadlines meant that Peta was constantly working more hours than her 9 to 5 contract, she felt stressed a lot of the time, and her health started to decline.
Now fortunately, Peta had supports, including her partner, friends, doctor and complementary health practitioners, who encouraged her to cut back from the hours she was working.
Peta took their advice and began to work part time. Because of the way her new hours were staggered, the salary cut wasn’t so significant that she missed it greatly. Peta had two extra days a week to relax, spend time with her children and with herself. Her health improved, she and her family holidayed more, and Peta became happier for her choice.
Alongside this, Peta had time to consider what she wanted for her life. She felt she was at the point of trying something new. She’d always known there was more to life than the 9 to 5, but she’d found herself on a treadmill and didn’t know how to get off. Now that Petra had said goodbye to the full-time treadmill she wanted to branch out into a more personally and spiritually satisfying direction.
But she didn’t know to where to start…
Well, Petra was not alone in her stumbling block. I see many clients who take measures to attend to their health and wellbeing, and who, experiencing positive changes in themselves, want to take that step further, but are not quite sure how to do it or even what it is they’d like as an outcome of change.
Each of them has an unsettled feeling and a drive to do, know, be more. They are becoming or are already awaren of themselves as evolving and expanding, but not really knowing what to do with that awareness, and not satisfied until they are living their expansion.
Once that awareness comes to the fore, it is very difficult to ignore it and to be satisfied with the status quo.
This is where having guidance and assistance can help. And who better to turn to than yourself?
That’s right. I’m a firm believer that everything we ever need is already within us, just waiting to surface towards recognition and acknowledgement.
This Ancient Greek aphorism is never more relevant than it is today. Said to have donned the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo wherefrom the Oracle of Delphi spoke forth her prophesy, these words cut to the heart of all self-transformation.
Today, as we bridge into the new age of Aquarius, we are compelled to turn within rather than without, and to know ourselves as divine. But first, we must know ourself.
When we turn around and begin to really learn about ourselves then we become informed about what in life serves us best.
Too often folk get out of one unhealthy or unsuitable circumstance, whether job, career, relationship, contract, group, institution or other life aspect, only to find themselves in a similarly dissatisfying situation.
Because they didn’t know themselves.
Of course, there are myriad reasons why patterns are repeated, but certainly our circumstances have a greater chance of change if we know who we are, what our propensities lean towards, what influences us, how those influences came about, how and when we feel, what beliefs we have that don’t serve us, what habit and our values are, and what in life thrills us, excites us, finds us alive with joy or at least gives us peace and wellbeing.
When we come to know our Self, we are closer to knowing what our vision is and how to get there.
Without a doubt, one of the ways to know yourself is to turn inward, to listen to your thoughts, to watch your feelings – when are they activated, what heightens them, what dulls them – what patterns can you see in your life that you repeat in a way that does not help you, and which ones do help you…
Paying attention to your self.
Noticing your self.
Here are my ingredients for that initial step to knowing yourself – they’ve certainly helped me come to work my passions of healing and personal transformation:
- Know yourself – mindful awareness
- Identify your programme – what early beliefs implanted themselves that no longer serve you – internally and as behaviours/habits
- Identify values – make aware the values you hold and note where they are absent in your life
- Healing – engage in any healing work needed to assist the transformation
- Change your beliefs – alter the subconscious programme through hypnosis, regression work or other
- Repetition – repeat new beliefs, understandings
- Habituation – repetition in action creating new habits that do serve you aligned with values, authentic vibration and new self-knowing
- Turn Around – quietly with time for yourself and with new self-awareness and understanding, ask what is it you want…
There are tools to help you on this journey of self-exploration – so many – I suggest gravitating towards the ones that resonate with you, not just the ones that are more popular or available.
My ingredients are a first step in the unfolding of self-spiritual life change. They’ve helped me, and I use them in my work to help others.
It begins with you knowing you, and then it branches out into development and living your choices. From there it can move on to giving back and service…
Peta resigned from her government part-time job nine months ago. She used the two days off she had to study her young-adult interest of homeopathy. Today, Peta runs her own business supplying homeopathic remedies to holistic services and shops throughout Britain. She has turned her journey into a lifestyle and a service for others, running workshops on health and wellbeing, and treating clients. Peta’s own health has never been better, and just recently she laughed, ‘I’ve got everything I wanted, even though I didn’t know I wanted it back then!’.
Now, it doesn’t have to be natural medicine that floats your boat – it’ll be specific to your interests, values, vibration, soul’s path…
But if you want a spiritual or life change and don’t know where to begin, I hope this has helped, at least a little… Know Thyself. First.