“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” -Tony Robbins
Hello Spiritual Warriors!! I hope you are thriving, healing, transforming, and feeling fulfilled. I’ve been working with SacredFire these past few weeks engineering the final mixes of our upcoming CD Journey to Infinity. There have been hundreds of pieces of life that have been swirling around me during this time – the Hay House World Summit, writing my next book, taking care of peaches – the Buddha princess, working on my website, speaking at several conferences, kicking off this summer’s Masters of Wisdom & Meditation Teacher Training, posting on Facebook, staying connected with my loved ones & friends, visiting the beach every day, meditating, practicing yoga, watching my favorite TV shows, reading & studying ancient texts, practicing my Spanish, taking out the garbage…you know the drill. Life is wild and chock full of moment after moment after moment.
The tool that I have found valuable during times of extreme activity in order to slow the relentless swirl is looking at life through The Five Realms Of Existence. I’ve shared them with you before but to those who are newly on board, they are The Physical Realm, The Emotional Realm, The Material Realm, The Relationship Realm, and The Spiritual Realm. I teach how to live life through the Five Realms at my workshops & this November in Tulum, Mexico, we’ll be exploring the Realms for a solid week –we’ll go really deep– to take our lives to the next level.
But right here…right now…if you feel you could benefit from some clarity – you can make an important shift in how you respond to the unfolding of your life
During times when it seems like you can barely catch your breath, look at your life through the lens of The Five Realms. That will keep you moving forward on your journey while keeping everything in perspective, and bringing greater clarity into the moment.
Here’s an example: your to-do list is bursting at the seams; you’ve got expectations of what needs to get done, several obligations that you have committed yourself to, a brand new set of circumstances & the basic day-to-day stuff still needs to get done. So slow it all down; start your morning with a meditation to bring some stillness & silence into the trajectory of your day.
Then walk yourself through The Five Realms & spend just five minutes on each realm:
Start with your Physical Realm: your body, what comes in & what goes out, what strengthens it & what weakens it; pick one action to definitely do – and one thing to let go JUST FOR TODAY…don’t torture yourself – bring one thing into your physiology that will nourish and release one that’s not nourishing.
If you would like to take this exploration deeper, join me this Thursday at 11a PST/2p EST on hayhouseradio.com.
Then think about your Emotional Realm – and walk yourself through your ability to monitor your own and other people’s emotions, to discriminate between different emotions and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide your thinking and behavior. Place your attention on your
levels of empathy, compassion, hot buttons, trigger points, assumptions, and conditioned responses. Commit to one emotional behavior that is serving you and keep it in your awareness throughout the day – create a mantra that you can keep flowing throughout the day such as “patience…patience…patience” And every time you feel you’re about to respond in a way that might not serve you, take a deep breath in and -as you exhale – repeat the mantra.
Then drift your attention to your Material Realm for five minutes. Make one decision today regarding how you will view the material abundance in the world. Seeing yourself as a never-ending conduit will flow through how you treat your money, finances, your debt, status, your position, possessions, dharma, your saving, hoarding, or your giving. Allow abundance consciousness and wealth circulation to transform any feelings of poverty consciousness or less-than thinking. And throughout the day, remind yourself of that shift. Reinforce it by keeping the san kalpa – the subtle intention – “Aham Brahmasmi” (I am the Universe) running in the background of all your thought processes.
Then spend 5 minutes on the Relationship Realm and reflect on one relationship you have – with your self, your core family, friends, extended relationships, those with whom you have a grievance – and leading with love…take a step to either birth, repair, shift, or end it. Throughout the process, breathe in deeply as you allow these four virtues: forgiveness & impeccability of your word, your thoughts, and your deeds to be cultivated within you.
And spend your last five minutes on the Spiritual Realm – your connection to the your soul & to the divine spirit; your daily practice of prayer, meditation, and devotion to the divine; contemplate your dharma or noble purpose in this life. Breathe in and plant a seed of one-ness in your heart & let the universe kiss your soul.
Then briefly reflect on each realm and the intention or commitment you made to yourself. If you really want to ground them in the tangible world, write them down and place them someplace where you will regularly see the document. But the key is to live them – live your intentions…lean into them. As Krishna says to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita, “Yogastha kuru karmani” essentially – Establish yourself in the present moment, then perform action.
The swirl will slow. Clarity will unfold. Your choices will become more evident. Your decisions will start to truly nourish you & those in your world. With gentle repetition, this can become a daily practice. And it only takes a few minutes of attention on each realm. Email me at email@example.com to let me know how it’s working for you. Keep meditating & I’ll see you in the gap! Peace. –davidji
November 22 – 29, 2014