Create the Life You Imagine ~ February 2019
Understanding Your Self System
“You always carry within yourself the very thing you need for the fulfillment of your life.”
~ Malidoma Patrice Somé
We have been paying attention to the voice of the small self in contrast to the voice of the Soul Self. Because of its narrow world view, the small self is always going to speak to us in the language of scarcity and limitation. Because it does not have the capacity to see from a higher perspective, its pattern is to perpetually scan the environment for threats to its identity and to perpetually search for something outside of itself that will relieve its deep sense of anxiety and insecurity. It believes that happiness is dependent on external conditions and so it obsesses, manipulates, spins and toils to get the things that will make it happy.
The problem with this small self thinking is that our external conditions are forever changing and that makes any sense of happiness our small self can patch together unstable and fleeting. The small self convinces us that our happiness depends on shifting realities like our job, our bank account, our body size, our age, our love interests, our children’s success, our titles or our social status. Regardless of what it acquires, it constantly looks outside and compares itself to others, inevitably reaches the conclusion that we are coming up short, and thus starts again to spin and spiral.
It is the pain and suffering of the spiraling small self, however, that often creates the opening for the Soul Self to enter. Over time, we grow weary and exhausted by the way the small self keeps us spinning, and we start to wonder if there is another way to live. We start asking bigger questions—Soul questions like “Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose?—and this searching wakes up this higher operating system we call the Soul. Keep in mind that we can NEVER be separated from our Soul because it is who we really are; we just get so hypnotized by our small self thinking that our Soul Self and all of its more life affirming possibilities lie just outside our ordinary awareness.
The ability to understand the framework of our spiritual self-system and to navigate with the expanded awareness of our Soul Self, allows us to make life changing shifts in the way we live. Navigating life from our Soul Self allows us to move beyond the limitations of our small self worldview to access the spiritual power that is embedded in every human being. Our Soul Self is always and wholly in connection with our deep spiritual essence, and that part of us lies beyond the fears, limitations and threats that are imagined by our small self. Our Soul Self holds the secret to our fulfillment and flourishing because it knows that our purpose is simply to bring our unique expression of that divine essence into manifestation in our day-to-day life. When we can orient our life from the perspective of our Soul Self, the anxiety, fear, struggle and suffering with our life conditions fades into the background, and our life is transformed by the light, love and wisdom of our Soul.
So with all this in mind, we will continue to explore the framework of this spiritual self-system and explore each part of it in order to support you to activate your Soul Self and to quiet and calm your small self. The image above illustrates the basic structure of our spiritual self-system. We have two basic operating systems—our Lower Triangle and our Upper Triangle. Our Lower Triangle is basically our human operating system and manages all of our parts that are connected to life as a physical being in connection to matter. Our Upper Triangle is our spiritual operating system and manages all of our more subtle parts that are connected to life as a spiritual being in connection with the deep Mystery that is our true home in the universe.
Within those triangles we have seven energy or power centers that support us as we have this human experience. Those seven centers help us to process and manage the experiences we have throughout our lifetime, and they can be activated either by our small self or by our Soul Self. You will notice that there are three power centers located in our lower triangle and the lower triangle is where most people live. The lower triangle powers our physical body, our emotional body and our mental body. Our small self tends to take up residence in our Lower Triangle and hijacks these first three power centers for its small self purposes. Its small self thinking most often creates instability and imbalances in these centers, and is the cause of the physical, emotional and mental disturbances we all experience.
Our job is to open the connection between these two systems so that Mystery meets matter, and we can experience and express our Upper Triangle Soul Self through the vehicle of our Lower Triangle Human Self. Our spiritual growth requires us to let our Soul Self take command of this Lower Triangle. Our Soul wisdom will then activate and energize the amazing powers of our physical, emotional and mental bodies, giving us the poise and balance we need to make our Lower Triangle an exquisite and vibrant vehicle to express our deepest potentials. In the coming weeks, we will take a deep look at each of these seven power centers, and empower you to consciously make the shift to operate these centers from the level of your Soul.
Wishing you the blessings and light of the Soul, as you create the life you imagine.
As you prepare to activate your power centers from the level of your Soul Self, see if you can start to get behind the voice of your small self that so often hijacks these centers. Our small self talks to us about the things it wants to satisfy its anxious cravings. It may delude you into thinking what you really want is more food, sex, alcohol, sleep, clothes, money, or stuff. It may tell you that if you could only control the people in your life and change the way they are behaving you will be happy. It looks for set and scenery changes in life rather than transformational changes. Instead of asking yourself what your small self wants or giving up your life energy in pursuit of these momentary and surface level satisfactions, try asking a deeper question: What is my heart really longing for? This question nudges your Soul into action and if you really listen deeply you may get some deeper answers.
Journal about this question this week, but first put yourself in the state of mind to receive guidance from your Upper Triangle Soul Self. Find a quiet time and place where you won’t be interrupted, light a candle or burn some incense, turn on some meditative music and take a few deep, calming breaths. As you continue your breathing, close your eyes and let your body relax and settle. Now ask the question, what is my heart really longing for, and then just listen for your intuition to speak to you. Your intuition is the voice of your Soul and it speaks to you very differently than your small self. When you are ready, begin to journal on the guidance you are receiving. Do this exercise more than once this week, and you may find that you go a little deeper each time you ask.
When we activate life from the level of our Soul Self, we connect with our inner light and begin to shine. Listen to Kate's inspiring song, SHINE by going to the Products Page on my website and just scroll down to the Transcendence CD and click the track to inspire your journey this week. Both of Kate's CD's are available for purchase on that page.