Navigating Emotions in Your Spiritual Journey
Embarking on a spiritual journey often means confronting the complex web of emotions that hold us back, from self-doubt to lingering traumas. But what if we told you that these emotions, often rooted in memories and past experiences, can be transformed?
Picture this: Each of our emotional pains is like a leaf on a tree, connected to a branch, which is our memory. Sometimes, these leaves are withered and dark, causing discomfort every time we touch upon them.But, what if you could trace back to the root of this discomfort, understand it, and transform that withered leaf into a vibrant one?
Enter "Flip Your Story, Flip Your Scene," a revolutionary method we call Emotional Metamorphosis. Here's a glimpse of how it unfolds:
A Glimpse into the Transformation
- Touching Upon Emotional Echoes: We begin by identifying the whispers of old wounds and understanding their essence.
- Diving into Memory's Depths: An exploration into where it all started, visiting the roots without getting entangled.
- Crafting a New Narrative: This is where the magic happens. With the right guidance, the tales of the past can be reshaped, leading to profound shifts in the present.
Live the Change
As you replace more and more withered leaves with vibrant ones, your overall emotional landscape will change. The scenery of your life shifts from bleak to blooming.
And remember, while walking the spiritual path, it's not about comparing journeys. Everyone has their own pace, their own non-ending stories to flip. It's about personal growth, transformation, and most importantly, being authentic to your journey. Because, in that authenticity, lies the essence of spirituality. So, let go of any self-doubt, and embrace the metamorphosis that awaits.
How to deal with Emotional obstacles on a Spiritual Journey
Confronting the ego, the Not-Self:
When you start to explore your spirituality, you are opening yourself up to a new way of being in the world. You are questioning your old beliefs and assumptions, and you are beginning to see yourself and the world in a new light. This can be a very exciting and transformative process, but it can also be unsettling.
One of the reasons why negative emotions may surface is because spirituality often challenges us to confront our old beliefs. Beliefs that were engraved in us without our consent from our environment, not our true self, hence the naming by Ra Uru Hu, the not-self.
The Not-Self does not want to let go of these beliefs, and it does its best to keep the best part of us, our actual self, hidden from the world. It will make us feel ashamed of who we know we are at our core. It makes us feel inferior, using the intrusive belief that we are not good enough. When we start to explore our spirituality, we are inevitably going to come face-to-face with our not selves. This can be a painful process, but it is also an essential part of spiritual growth.
It is not comfortable to put your beliefs that are making (a false) sense of self under inspection. The first step to neutralizing the Not-Self beliefs is to acknowledge them. Don't try to suppress or ignore emotions they cause, Instead, allow yourself to feel them fully. This may be uncomfortable, but it is necessary in order to heal.
Question and be honest with yourself:
Once you have acknowledged your emotions, you can begin to challenge them.
Start writing down a few beliefs that are currently disrupting your life, and examine them one by one.
- Where, how, or from whom did I get this specific belief?
- Did I choose this belief myself?
- Is it possible someone else has the opposite belief?
- Is it possible that the same belief makes someone else feel differently than I do because of it?
- Is this old belief or assumption still serving you?
Embracing uncomfortable emotions
If you did go through with questions in step two you notice that It is not comfortable to put your beliefs under inspection, after all, they are building blocks of your current sense of self, your ego.
To get past these disrupting beliefs that no longer serve you, letting go of them is the only lasting way out. But what is on the way of letting go is one of the biggest fears of the spiritual path. “If I'm not these beliefs, even though I didn’t choose them, who am I?”
When we start to explore our spirituality, we are asked to let go of our centuries-old beliefs and to open ourselves up to our Higher Self, our True Self. This can be a very difficult thing to do, especially if we have a strong ego.
So what about the ego’s attachment to these beliefs you need to let go of? Will your ego throw a tantrum, get into fight or flight mode, and raise your pulse so it feels like your heart is exploding? The answer is yes, but there is also a trick to help the ego not to panic over letting go of a useless belief as if is a matter of life or death. That we will explain in another article. Please sign up for our newsletter so we can inform you when we publish that one.
Anyway, the good news is the Ego, the protector of the body, will stop panicking and will let you let go of the old belief, as long as it’s not threatening your survival.
Once you free yourself from a belief or two, you develop a taste for it. The Sweetness of freedom, of being who you always wanted to be not who everyone else decided you should be, so THEY feel good.
What are the most common negative feelings on a spiritual path?
We've all had those moments, haven't we? Expecting something to happen, preparing for it, and then realizing it wasn't as daunting as we'd imagined. The trick was the awareness, preparation, and expectation for it.
It’s the same when delving into spirituality, the path feels like navigating unfamiliar terrains. The doubts, the concerns about failing, and the looming cloud of potential rejection, even fear of death!
I knew a monk who despite all his mastery was afraid of astral projection and stopped himself every time he got close. If we could advise that monk today, we would remind him to remember, that the world is a mirror of our inner self. Everything out there reflects what's within. We would help him to dive deep, and clear the haze, with Emotional Metamorphism.
So, let’s dive deeper into a few of these negative feelings you might come face to face with. This way you hopefully will be more aware of the beauty in discovery of the unfamiliar, accepting the nuances, and nurturing growth instead of getting your ego all riled up.
Navigating the Unknown
Spirituality invites us into realms both intimate and vast. Uncovering our inner psyche and the universe's mysteries can be as daunting as it is thrilling. I know a person who feels the thrill of astral projection but was so afraid when her third eye was opening, she felt the opening so physically that she feared it would leave an actual hole, even though she knew intellectually that would not happen. It’s all about the emotions…
A solo show in front of a world of Judges:
Beginning your spiritual journey might mean sharing your new insights and practices. You can feel vulnerable to others' perceptions.Just imagine talking about the intricacies of reincarnation in front of your mother who preys on your behalf day and night, so you don’t go to hell because of all the rules in “the book” you have broken so far.
Well, let’s not give your loved ones more heartache and let them discover their path at their own pace. As for you, start walking with those who understand your stride. Join our supportive Facebook community, a haven for souls on a similar journey.
The Path of Imperfections
Every trail has its bumps and twists. Everyone makes so-called mistakes, especially when you are first starting on a new journey. However, when it comes to spirituality, following your intuition, and sharing however imperfect is trusting in the guidance of the universe.
You do not need to wait until the insight is whole and perfect. There is a lot of pressure to show tangible results that take effect magically. This is because spirituality is often seen as a way to achieve enlightenment or liberation while defeating the laws of Maya. But the truth is that as long as you are breathing you are on the spiritual path, and that makes every misstep a lesson, every stumble a story. Embrace the art of imperfect action. We have a whole YouTube channel dedicated to Imperfect Action @OscarNygren.
When to Seek Deeper Healing
When facing negative emotions, the depth of their roots might determine the need for a deeper approach to neutralizing them. regardless of the overwhelming intensity, there is not a single negative emotion that can resist the transformation that emotional metamorphosis brings about. Sometimes, the wounds are deep, and seeking professional or spiritual guidance can be the beacon of light we need.
Given negative emotions are the signpost of any journey you embark on, using each and every one of them is the fastest way to deep healing.
Any emotion, positive or negative brings about experiences and encounters that signify our inner world's landscape. Staying with them and gaining a deep understanding of our current selves helps us to get where we want to go from where we are.
Trust yourself and the universe. You are exactly where you are supposed to be.