Soulbyte for Thursday June 20, 2019

To aid in connecting body and spirit become more aware of your own energy, how it feels inside you, what it notices outside of you, and what it can do in your surroundings. Sit quietly and get to know your energetic self. Instruct it in what you want to accomplish and ask it to help you. Speak to it, ask it to do something, and then see what happens. Your energy, your life force, is your spirit inside you, but it is so much more than that, for it is connected to and part of the greater universe, that which creates and energizes all thing and, as such, is very powerful. Gifts from the universe come to aid you in your life, to help you, to protect you, or to encourage you, though you may not realize such things if you are not attuned and aware. Get in alignment with and use the power of your own spiritual energy wisely. Use it for good, and use it with loving compassion, intent upon enhancing the greater good.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Wednesday June 19, 2019

Seek the tao of you, peace of mind and body, within the self, that is calm and stable, a sensation of being yourself, of being right within your physical body, in alignment with your spiritual energy. Let nothing overly disturb you in the tao of you. Tune down your attachments to things outside of you, and tone down your inner energy. Let everything arrive as it will. Know its necessity and its meaning, and without attaching to anything let it be dealt with and attended to in a calm and stable manner. Know yourself more often as a calm and stable being by reminding yourself that you are fully capable of accepting life as it arrives and fully available to experience it as it is, one day and one step at a time, in calmness. Such stability within the self will naturally reverberate outside of the self, and where you go calmness and stability will follow you, tao within and tao without. That’s how to get right, within and without.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Chuck’s Place: Finding Harmonious Balance

Homeostasis!
– Photo by Jan Ketchel

All systems seek homeostasis. There are countless permutations of homeostasis. For instance, if one part of a system rises to an extreme, other parts of the system compensate by moving to the opposite extreme to restore balance. A system of extremes, though a volatile and unstable balance, nonetheless can take possession of the world, as well as the human personality, with dire consequences.

Democratic governments have evolved systems of checks and balances to ensure stability of governance. Elected representatives bring their varied, opposing beliefs and individualistic concerns to their meeting halls and, ideally, attempt to harmonize their decisions for the greater good. Often, however, special interests seek to stockpile power to advance their agenda unsullied by a democratic process, which generally requires compromise.

Some issues, such as a threat to national security, evoke a primal unity that can advance a generalized acceptance of war. This falls under the category of nationalism.

The world is dangerously close to such an eventuality, particularly in a time of deluge of fake news, geared toward advancing special interests, especially for those who advocate war to eliminate unwanted parts of the world system.

These are like the times in world history where a savior is sought to bring a peaceful reconciliation of opposites and restoration of world stability. In modern terms, the world seeks a mature adult leader to restore order.

In the human personality, the adult self is the “savior” charged with bringing sustainable homeostasis within the system of the human psyche.

The adult self is the conscious president of the personality. The chakras of the human energy system are the major energy centers of the personality that reflect different needs within the self. Thus, for instance, the first chakra is the representative of core security and safety. The second chakra is concerned with procreation and continuance of the species. The third chakra is concerned with the power of individual needs and wants, the true coming of age of the human ego.

The fourth chakra is the meeting place of the spiritual self, where the individualistic ego is introduced to the truth of its place in the larger interconnected system of the greater self. The heart chakra teaches the ego right action for the needs of the greater whole.

The final three chakras are greater refinements of awakening to the transpersonal dimension of being and to life beyond the physical self.

The adult self is charged with managing the needs of the total self in space time, that is, daily human life. The adult self must bring to the meeting room the unique concerns of all the representatives of the various chakras. Decisions must be made, and checks and balances employed, to insure good management of energetic resources in the behavioral fulfillment of everyday life.

Unfortunately, the adult self must undergo much maturation before it arrives at the adult ability to govern for the greater good of the personality. Here, checks and balances appear in the form of psychosomatic symptoms, emotional and cognitive reactions, as well as dream experiences and synchronistic manifestations that bring influence upon the homeostatic balance of the personality.

A basic example: at the core chakra level, we must eat to survive. The second chakra, with its primal concern of mating, might negate the need to eat in order to attract a mate. The third chakra, in a state of grandiose entitlement, might insist upon unlimited treats. The fourth chakra might give the message that food is necessary in moderation, and hold out that a true mate would be attracted to a person who lovingly cares for the true needs of the whole body.

An immature adult self might find itself easy prey to the special interests of one or another chakra, resulting in either under or over eating. An adult self that has undergone the trials of the lower chakras, and reached the heart chakra, would be able to avail itself of the wisdom offered at the heart chakra. This would mean eating an enjoyable, moderate, truly needed meal.

Again, all systems must achieve homeostasis. Homeostasis could actually look like an indulgent attitude, compensated by severe somatic and emotional symptoms. The goal is to achieve harmonious homeostasis, which provides enduring sustainability. All individuals have the opportunity to be saviors of themselves, in their intent of achieving mature adulthood.

Let us intend that world leadership follow this example.

Pursuing the path to heart,

Chuck

Soulbyte for Tuesday June 18, 2019

What is your body telling you? The body speaks its own language, in multifaceted and multidimensional tones, each one an attempt to communicate, to alert you to some aspect of yourself that you are unaware of. A pain may not be just a pain but a long string of memories. Tension may indicate a long held belief. A tic may indicate reluctance or a need to express something. Your body knows more about you than you realize. Pay attention to what it is saying. It’s a very creative being. It speaks in both obvious and obscure ways in order to get your attention. Don’t be surprised if something is not what you might at first think. And remember, your body will try again and again to get your attention in most peculiar ways. Don’t ignore it.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Chuck Ketchel, LCSWR