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Chuck’s Place: Don’t Push the River

Decisions are the responsibility of the ego. Guidance may come from infinity or by simply contemplating the Tao of now, but ego, through the exercise of consciousness, must arrive at a decision and plan of action.

– Photo by Jan Ketchel

The ego is in charge of time-space navigation. The higher self, a higher power, and spirit guides, all of whom reside in infinity, can offer wisdom and the broadest possible perspective, but it falls upon the ego self to decide the next right action in daily life.

What is a right decision? The simple answer is, one that aligns with the true needs of the whole self. The ego might reason through a dilemma and come to a logical conclusion as to what must be done. This might be the right decision, but the ego would do well to also feel through a decision: does this feel right in the same way that it logically adds up? If it does, it’s a go! But if feeling and thinking don’t align, further deliberation is required.

Often times the ego is more centered in the solar plexus chakra, the seat of personal power. From that vantage point the ego gets the perspective of utilizing its power for its own needs and gain. This perspective is indeed important. We see it at the center of world decisions at present, but it is limited to its own survival and gain and tends to dismiss the larger interdependent reality beyond itself.

The heart center chakra has a greater connection to interdependent reality and often delivers its guidance in a sensation or calmness that follows a thought, thereby offering its support to the perspective that thought presents. The ego does well to check in with the solar plexus as well as the heart to be sure it is considering the needs  of both self and the greater interconnected reality.

It is amazing how much strength can be mustered to plow forward with a narrowly based decision. The ego can exercise its will to force the world to respond. Often however, if the ego is not inclusive of the greater interconnected reality, the world responds with negative feedback in the form of some kind of resistance to the ego’s push. This is where we find ourselves trying to push the river.

There is a right decision to be made and the ego must actually discover it. Discovering a decision is actually more appropriate than making a decision. The paradox here is that the ego must decide what is right, but in actuality the process is one of ultimately acquiescing to what is right. Only a mature ego is capable of surrendering its willfulness and aligning itself with what is truly right.

The process of ego maturation is the “Groundhog Day” of life on this planet. As we work with and bring our ego into mature alignment with spirit consciousness, we discover that all our decisions are right decisions because they teach us the consequences of making decisions based on ego alone. We learn from our mistakes. Thus, all decisions accrue value, as eventually we discover that they have all been part of a process leading to change.

Rather than pushing the river we learn the art of river-walking: walking with consciousness within the true flow of interconnected energy.

Learning to walk,


Soulbyte for Thursday January 4, 2018

Stay connected to your heart, to your strong center, the core of who you truly are. Your heart will guide you and give you the right answers to your questions when you do not know what to do. Your heart holds your best interests in mind and knows your true needs, for it is unfathomable in its depth and wisdom. When in doubt, or just because it is the right and best thing to do at all times, ask your heart for guidance. It will not fail you, for a true and loving heart beats inside everyone of you.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Thursday October 5, 2017

Remain steady. Like a sturdy sailing vessel, turn and take advantage of the winds of change to carry you onward. Keep to your course of loving kindness and compassion no matter what transpires. In this manner will your steadiness, your composure, and your unwavering message of goodness and kindness endure and when the winds have died you will be found to not only have survived but thrived in the changing times. By your constancy, your commitment, and your keen ability to keep an even balance sail on.  Know that by doing so the winds you create in your wake will effect all that surrounds you. For though your vessel may be but a tiny drop in the vast ocean of energy, so is the ripple effect powerful energy and even the ripples created by one drop of water effect the whole. Even one small boat on the ocean currents makes waves. You have the power to create your own good winds and waves of change in these evolutionary times. Take a bad wind and make it good.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Wednesday September 27, 2017

A caring leader considers all others over the self. A good leader does what is necessary so that all may be comfortable. A compassionate leader shares what is available so that all may have. A strong leader ensures a land of safety and prosperity for all. A loving leader knows that peace and calm are the hallmarks of health. When a leader fails to lead all into security, happiness and health there is no recourse but for the leader to be challenged and the people to take the lead with kindness, compassion, and love for all so that goodness may once again be the law of the land.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Tuesday September 26, 2017

Keep sacred the breath of life so that it may long nurture and sustain you. Use it wisely, to center and ground you but also in protest when necessary. Use it to calm and quiet you but also to rise up and conquer when it is time, for sometimes it is indeed right to be riled up and to take action. Sometimes sitting still is the best medicine and sometimes getting to your feet and doing something is the only cure. It is, however, a very fine line between the two, for balance is key to everything, and it is only long inner contemplation that will bring forth the right decision. How you choose to protest matters, so choose with care. How you sit and breathe, however, is very simple, just do it. Breathe, and as you do remember that life is in every breath and it is sacred. Choose wisely.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne