Be at peace in knowing that this time too shall pass. But this time, do not let it pass without learning something meaningful. Do not let it pass as just another day unlived. Live it to the fullest, with awareness that you are choosing to be fully present, fully anchored, fully trusting, and fully open. Live today with eyes wide open, with heart wide open, and with giving of many kindnesses. Let today be different.
Protect yourself from that which drains your energy. Embrace that which enhances your energy. Certain things you do have been telling you for a long time that they are not good for you. You know what they are and yet you continue to do them. When you are finally ready to let them go, do so with gratitude for their having taught you something and for having advanced you to a new stage where you can be without them. Notice what is good for your energy and use it wisely so that it does not just become another energy drain, for even a good thing is not good in too much measure. Seek balance in all things, within and without, so that nothing is denied if it is necessary, and nothing is overly done if it is not really needed. Have that which is good for you in good measure and have not that which is detrimental. It can take a lifetime to work this out, but it is work well worth doing!
Pay attention to the physical as much as you do the spiritual. Bring the two into alignment in your body, the house of now, where they yearn to reside together in peace and harmony, two halves of the whole you. When one gets too much attention, the other suffers. When one is made more important, the other feels neglected. When one is given too much, the other feels negated and unworthy. Call upon each of them, body and spirit, to acknowledge and help each other. Allow your heart to be their place of meeting and conversation, for from your heart love flows for both in equal measure. It is the connecting elixir that you need, the substance that really matters above all else. Love is the answer. Bring body and spirit together in the waves of your own loving heart, knowing that it really is okay to love yourself in this manner. In fact, what could be better than that!
So, this tiniest of units, the atom, what the ancients named the most basic building block of the universe, houses an incredible amount of contained energy. Once the integrity of that unit is split, it is capable of unleashing a surge of vast destructive energy, as the world witnessed in the closing days of WWII at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
We are currently living through the unleashing of such powerful destructive energies on a social scale, as the integrity of our unity as a nation has been split by a leader well aware of the latent energy potential contained in such a unit as a United State. His modus operandi has been to tap those violent and ecstatic energy reserves through splitting rhetoric that halves the whole and unleashes lethal force.
On the individual level, that of a human personality, this social phenomenon mirrors the plurality of forces contained within a person. When the unity of personality is split open powerful energies are unleashed from the various factions of self, formerly cooperatively linked, now luxuriating in stretching their powers and vying for control of the self. This is the basis of the term I am employing in this blog, The Atomic Self.
How many times do we begin the day with a specific intent, only to find ourselves fully distracted and engaged in a less desirable activity? Less desirable to whom? I think we would have to say less desirable to one’s conscious ego state; less desirable to the leader of the personality and the working definition of self. But clearly, there is another faction of personality that exists somewhere within the shadows of self that has opposing wants and needs, a will and an energy of its own that supplants the ego’s intent by ‘wasting time’ in ‘unnecessary’ activities.
In fact, the Self is comprised of many factions beyond ego that each possess their own storehouse of energy. Freud identified a few characters: ego, id and superego. Jung expanded the population to include persona, shadow, anima/animus, Self, as well as an ancient inherent dimension to the psyche that includes the archetypes of the collective unconscious. Spiritualists broaden the field even further to include the soul, that which has had countless lives that coexist within the underpinnings of self in the current life.
In fact, the Spiritualist tradition would go so far as to point out that all who are alive in this moment are composed of the cosmic dust and ashes of countless prior generations of life. The notion of a pure bloodline of identity takes a quantum leap if we consider the sins and wisdom of generations past as the building materials of what we all really are, all deeply connected at the atomic level, all siblings sharing the same cosmic dust.
The unity of this oneness is often stretched to the max, as Miranon, a non-physical entity of high intelligence, explained in channeling explorations conducted in the early researches at The Monroe Institute. Miranon suggested we imagine a world of truly interconnected wholeness but all parts in opposition to each other, envisioned as a rubber band stretched in many opposing directions, it’s constituent parts vying for differentiation and supremacy. No matter how far they contort that rubber band it remains the same wholeness, albeit severely contorted and out of balance at times.
Thus, what we call personality is a plurality of characters and lives bound together in a cohesive way to form a consistent identity we call ‘me’. However, beneath this surface cohesion are very powerful energies that may not be well-integrated at all. Jung used the term individuation to define these energies as they actively seek integration and, ultimately, fulfillment in the maturation of an individual life.
People approach counseling when their factions of personality subvert individuation, preferring to assert their personal agendas at the expense of the overall integration of the personality. This results in failure to achieve goals, at minimum, and psychic atomic war at maximum!
The ego’s challenge of leadership with such divisive energetic personality factions is great. If the ego chooses a dictatorial approach to gain control, the rejected factions are likely to withdraw their energy reserves from the personality, whereby causing a depression of energy resource that the ego requires to take action.
Despite this energetic stalemate the ego is charged with restoring balance to the personality. Sometimes this requires surrendering to the archetypal underpinnings of self and allowing, for instance, a flood of tears to release a tide of grief. Sometimes it requires the ego to refuse this archetypal call and hold on in a deeply alienated state until a reconciling thought, feeling, image, or outer happening provides the ticket to a newly resolved balance.
Sometimes the ego must recapitulate the experience of an archaic part of its atomic self that it had no idea existed. This may be presented to the ego in the form a powerful mood or emotional reaction to some environmental trigger. This encounter might require the recapitulation of a repressed memory, a past life, or even a coexistent life at another level of its multidimensional self, lived exclusively at a dream level.
The name of the game is individuation, which integrates the separate components of the atomic self, with all their powerful energies, into a cohesively balanced self, on very deep levels. This is the journey and responsibility of now, inwardly and outwardly. As our earth continues her great transformation, may we, her children, shepherd her changes peacefully, lending our powerful energies to her newly rebalanced configuration.
Never doubt the value of turning inward and taking on the atomic self. Reconciliation at this level is what the world needs now: reconciling vs splitting the atom.
Don’t be so hard on yourself, but do maintain good balance, everything in right measure, not too much, not too little. It’s a tricky proposal but strive to stay aware of where you are at all times, within and without, not obsessively but protectively. Support and protect your energy so that you have what you need to do what is most important each day. Love yourself a little bit more each day for the journey you are taking, for the difficulties you successfully overcome, for the challenges you face. You are not alone, for there are many energies standing behind you, helping and hoping. Give them a little acknowledgement and thanks, letting them know that you are aware of them and how they are helping you keep in balance. Keep in step with their good wishes for your everyday success as well as success in the long term. Carry on knowing that you are in good hands, yours and theirs.