Living an Inspired Life Means Living in the Spirit Discovering Your Shadow Self

Living an Inspired Life Means Living in the Spirit

To be inspired means to be in or dwell in your spirit. It is our natural state.  Find out how you can learn to “live in the spirit” instead of from the Ego.  If you can do this, it will change your life.

Discovering Your Shadow Self

Your shadow self is that part of your psyche, the unconscious or subconscious part of consciousness beyond the Ego’s confines. It’s where the Observer of our awareness lives. It’s the to talk to inside your head. It’s our spiritual self, our shadow.

“Just as a candle spreads light in a darkened room, people who are living in the Spirit give off a higher energy that can bring light to our hearts and minds.” ― Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

“The ego is only an illusion, but a very influential one. Letting the ego-illusion become your identity can prevent you from knowing your true self. Ego, the false idea of believing that you are what you have or what you do, is a backward way of assessing and living life.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer

Psychologists like Carl Jung and Sigmond Freud described the eventual encounter with this aspect of the “self” differently.  Freud thought this aspect of awareness includes all unconscious thought. Jung’s definition includes everything outside of conscious thought.  Both of these ideas lead us to what the ancient sages call the spirit or shadow self.

It’s important to understand that practicing religion doesn’t make you spiritual.  Dogma, mythology, and superstition get in the way of living an authentic life. We’ll talk more about this later.  It is living from the gifts of our spirit that helps us create an authentic spiritual life.

If you want to find your true spiritual path, you’ll need to your original state of innocence.  Living an inspired, authentic life is true spirituality. We’ll talk about what gets in the way in a moment.

“When you’re inspired you attract abundance.” — Wayne Dyer

The desire to live an inspired life is a noble aim.  It does not mean sacrificing your freedom to become a religious acolyte.  Nor does it mean focusing your effort on being a successful business person or climbing the corporate ladder.  It means living a life that provides an example of one in touch with their spiritual center.

Walking Finding your spiritual path will help you in discovering your shadow self. It’s the part of our psyche that holds the secrets of our gifts and talents.  Once you can access these tools, you will return to your natural state and begin living with inspiration.

“My key to living an inspired life involves Embracing my history, Understanding the function of expectations and gently learning to have none; Recognizing the power of attentive and conscious choices. In all circumstances I acknowledge this, in all things and all ways, I have a choice.  My choice resides in my perspective. While I certainly do not control climate and markets and roadways and others, I do control myself and my response to all those circumstances. I do indeed.” — Mary Anne Radmacher

Living in the Spirit — Living an Inspired Life

Observe children playing; they are happy and content living in the moment using their imagination.   They create an imaginary world and dwell in the innocence of the spirit. You can see and their joy as they play. Their faces shine with vibrations of happiness and inspiration, and this is our original state of being before we are subject to social programming.

“The internal dialogue is what grounds people in the daily world. The world is such and such or so and so, only because we talk to ourselves about its being such and such and so and so. The passageway into the world of shamans opens up after the warrior has learned to shut off his internal dialogue.” — Carlos Castaneda

Living an inspired life opens the door to the virtues of the spirit.  The “virtues of the spirit” are not goals; they are the higher values possible for each of the nine basic personality types. Each personality type has its path and its own set of challenges.

Presence is one common element that will help us move toward integration.  Being present enables the real you to show up.  We accomplish all of our inner cognitive work when we are present.  Inner work helps us remove the programming to reveal the “virtues of the spirit.” What are these virtues?  These are gifts of our ancestors locked in our DNA.

Gratitude, Love, Appreciation, Serenity, Joyfulness, Happiness, Thankfulness, Blissfulness, and Mindfulness; these are the virtues of the spirit.  With these tools, we are able to conquer … not the world, but ourselves.  And so then … the world does not need to be conquered.” — Guru Tua

“Living in the spirit” is the result of allowing these virtues to shine.  These virtues are the key to returning to our original state of being.

What Gets in the Way

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Our modern culture is a big part of the problem.  The dominant culture wants us to forget our original state of innocence because it cannot profit from it. How can it sell us anything if we are already happy and content? So, a lot of time and effort goes into advertising and social programming.  All this programming makes living an inspired life impossible.

Our modern culture aims to replace this sacred inner space with commercialism and religion. But these are counterfeits.  However, dogma is an inadequate substitute for the genuine experience of “living in the spirit.”

“Mastery means responsibility, ability to respond in real-time to the need of the moment. Intuitive or inspired living means not just passively hearing the voice, but acting on it.” — Stephen Nachmanovitch

Our Ego often gets in the way of us living in the spirit.  But, the Ego is not our enemy.  It is a necessary tool for connecting our consciousness to our bodies.  However, our culture misuses our Ego to control and sell us things.  When we fixate on issues that relate to our Ego, we are easy to manipulate.  We are more susceptible to self-hypnosis and group hypnosis manipulation tactics of organized religion and news media.

Regaining our Inspiration

So, we need to relearn how to indwell our spirit.  Discovering our shadow self is key to this journey.  We have different personalities and instincts, so the path is different for everyone.  However, we can use the same tools to find the way.  Several spiritual technologies can facilitate this process.

Spiritual technologies are methods for exploring human consciousness; they comprise a diverse body of practical mental tools.  You can use these tools to develop your potential,  expand awareness, and reach higher states of consciousness.

These tools differ significantly from religion. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine.  Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential.  All you need to do is follow the process, and it’s just like following the recipe for baking a cake.  If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.

We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning method.  These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. They are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology.  These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance.  Changes like this prove these partitions of consciousness differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.

We divide these tools into four major categories:

Everyone can use these methods to create their unique spiritual path, and you can start with any of these methods.  The more of them you use, the faster your progress.

When you live in spirit, you become infused with the creative love and intelligence of the Universe. It is your creative space. Similarly, it’s the space where you are grounded and centered.

To become inspired, you must ignite the imagination and the love of play. How do you do this? Think back to when you played as a child. Start with the situation that made you happy and content as a child. Learning mindfulness meditation techniques will help you become present and aware. Perhaps spiritual exploration is where this venture will lead you?

In Conclusion

Living an inspired life is the result of accessing the virtues of the spirit.  Removing the roadblocks to these virtues will enable us to move beyond the confines of Ego and the cultural narrative.

“Living in the Spirit changes your attitude, thinking, and ultimately your actions.” — Elizabeth George

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References

(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia

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