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April 9, 2020

Could your Dharma be the Medicine we all Need?

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“From the beginning, I had a sense of destiny, as though my life was assigned to me by fate and had to be fulfilled. This gave me an inner security, and, though I could never prove to myself, it proved itself to me. I did not have the certainty, it had me.” ~ Carl Jung

Many of us have become aware that our current reality in the time of this outbreak, isolation, and our climate crisis is the universe and earth shaking us up in order for us to move into divine alignment.

We know that we collectively need to make the move away from capitalism and our greed of taking more than we need from the planet, from our bodies, and each other. We understand that our current reality is a reflection of the way we have been collectively living. We have seen this shared and written about beautifully by many wonderful writers, teachers, creatives.

The beauty of our current reality is that it highlights our oneness. We can no longer separate our pain from that of another. This may be something that many of us in this community already know, but it makes it so much more real. We are learning the importance of working in alignment with ourselves, the collective, and the earth. But, how can we make this change?

I believe we have all incarnated in this time for a reason.

This reason is our dharma. The word dharma has many translations and meanings, some of which include “way of righteousness,” or “that which contains or upholds the cosmos.” It is a spiritual principle that sees everything as having a purpose in life—everything from animals to humans. It is one of the threads that connects us with the divine and our intuition.

The sooner we connect to understanding our dharma, the sooner we can move toward alignment and fulfillment, which normally coincides with living in harmony with the Earth and others. Our society is upheld by the dharma performed (or not performed) by each one of us.

Basically, the more of us living our divine path or dharma, the greater the change for the collective.

Why connect with your dharma?

This is your divine purpose. When you connect with it, it is all-consuming in the best kind of way. It lights you up in ways you could not imagine, like an endless thirst for knowledge, or a deep connection that brings you on an endless adventure—something that gets your attention and keeps you coming back for more, again and again. This passion never runs out as it is in alignment with your soul’s calling and is poured into you from source.

Living your dharma brings meaning, abundance, and fulfillment to your life. Everything falls into place.

It becomes your most important relationship because you know it is what you are here to do. It makes you feel more whole as a person. It becomes a way of sacred living—an anchor to guide you.

Now, I know that knowing all of this is great, but also extremely challenging if we are not quite on the path to our dharma—especially in these times. So I will say, first and foremost, take care of yourself in this time. Do not rush or put pressure on yourself. Make sure that you are embodying everything that you may feel the call to preach or teach. Do all of your self-care rituals you would recommend to another. Basically, make yourself your first priority. I say this because I have made these mistakes myself; I’ve pushed too much and ended up not taking care of myself.

Taking care of you uplifts the collective’s vibration and you can then be of service to others. In turn, when we embody what we want to share, it all flows so much easier.

Know that you are exactly where you are meant to be right now. Wherever you are in your work, your path, your life, you are meant to be experiencing whatever it is that you are experiencing right now so that you can be shaken or shifted into divine alignment.

So let’s dive in, find some tips, and potentially plant some seeds of inspiration.

Zoom out, and tune into you

In this current reality, we are experiencing an even greater exposure to information and media. Some of which is important or inspiring, yes; but some can also be mere chatter. This chatter can, as we know, disconnect us from ourselves, from source, and from nature.

In these times it can be easy to unknowingly replace the physical outside world with our online world from our homes. Manage your exposure to the noise, especially to be able to tune into the quiet whispers within.

Take this time as a partial retreat from the external world. Limit your time absorbing external information so that you can find your wisdom within.

Meditate, and connect with source

“Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God.” ~ Diana Robinson

Replace the word “god” with source, goddess, intuition, spirit, or whatever works for you. The message is the same. When we quiet the outside world, the mind, and the body, we find a place of peace and connection to the divine—a place of contemplation and inner wisdom where we can journey and find our soul’s calling.

Another beautiful practice is to ask for guidance as you fall asleep. This is a sacred time when we are between worlds—between the conscious and subconscious minds. Listen for the answers as you wake.

Notice what you are observing in society, and feeling called to do in this time of crisis

Journal and meditate on some of these questions and others that come to your mind as a result of them:

>> What fears have come up for you in this time?
>> How you are wanting to help others in this time?

>> What areas in society are you seeing as most vulnerable?
>> How have you helped yourself; what has worked for you?
>> What solutions or lifestyle changes do you see are necessary?
>> What areas of your lifestyle could you change moving forward?

The answer to this last question can include anything from needing to place more attention on meditation to broadly improving our health. Remember, it’s all about baby steps, and moving at nature’s pace. Don’t fall into perfectionism and overwhelm here. When you feel you’ve thoroughly addressed the above questions, you can then ask a couple more follow-up questions:

>> How could you implement these ideas?
>> What resources do you need?
>> How would you help others implement the same things in their lives?

Chances are the resources or changes you would like to see are a huge part of what your dharma could manifest to be.

What lights you up?

Follow the breadcrumbs of inspiration and joy to find clues of your dharma. What are some of your favourite things to do? What do others come to you for help with? What do you love to help people with? What are you always researching or talking or journaling about?

Get to know yourself—really well

Astrology and human design are two fantastic resources you can check out to deepen your understanding of yourself, your dharma, and how you should go about living your dharma and your life.

You can study your charts for free online, or better yet, book a session with an astrologer or human design reader. I love both of these systems as they have given me guidance and a deeper understanding of myself. Especially parts of myself that I may have perceived as “bad” or against the norm.

When you look at your astrological chart or human design profile, you can identify aspects of your personality as your gifts and use them as a means of living on purpose for you in this lifetime. For example, looking at your north and south nodes in astrology shows you the struggles of your past, your comfort zone, and the person you are supposed to become in this life—the way you are meant to find success and fulfillment. These tools can illuminate your calling.

Of course, seeing a therapist or practitioner of some sort is also an amazing way of removing blocks and limiting beliefs and connecting with your most authentic, intrinsic self.

Guide yourself, and make it sacred “work”

It can be easy to fall into perfectionism and being hard on yourself when moving into the depths of your soul, or when you feel the call to help and create change.

Create guidelines for yourself on how you want to show up and conduct your work. For example, only “work” on this when you have that bolt of inspiration and feel guided. Do not force this in the way you may with normal work. Breathe inspiration, abundance, and joy into what you are doing and how you are doing it.

Make sure you research, study, and share in a way that is in alignment with what you want to put out there. Energetically, this is what people will pick up on when they meet you or interact with what you share. I only ever write, study, or send emails from this sacred space.

Enjoy the journey

Know that you are unfolding and blooming in the most perfect way. Keep reminding yourself to move at nature’s pace. Know that your experiences, pain, and shadow are what hold your deepest gifts.

Remember there is no one who can do quite what you do when you’ve connected to the most unique and intimate part of yourself. There is more than enough to go around for everyone so support one another.

It can take years to find your dharma and often when you do, it will continue to evolve just as you do. That is the beauty of life.

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