Coming Into Balance: A Guide For Activating Your True Potential

By Jane Ely, D. MIN.

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Coming Into Balance is alive with creative graphics and practices to engage each of us as we move through positive change toward awakened freedom.

Coming into Balance: A Guide for Activating Your True Potential is a book of spiritual healing practices based upon the timeless universal wisdom of the Medicine Wheel. This wise book offers insights and inspiration for personal and global transformation. We learn to activate the insightful healer within to free ourselves from the old story that keeps us stuck in the past; we are led into self-discovery and a keener sense of awakened consciousness. The book is laid out as a 'field guide,' easily accessible to individuals, circle gatherings, book clubs, meditation groups, or study groups as well as for all age ranges-children to elders.

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Chapter Two: The Medicine Wheel of Life, Pages 62-64, Section 7 Capacities/Potential

We have the capacity to accept other realities – to respond to dreams, visions, ideas, creativity and spiritual teachings. The non-material world is an exploration into the unknown. We are part of the unknown, also termed non-ordinary reality. It is available to us when we are open, connected and in a relaxed state of conscious awareness. This is part of our potential. “Transformation is an inside job”, a quote that is in the collective consciousness now focuses on the inner work that we are all being called to do. Transformation from the inside out is the capacity to reach our true potential. We do this by developing spiritual capacities through engaging in meditation, prayer, awe, wonderment, miracles, visions and dreaming. Connecting to the support provided from the spirit world and from the natural world are all pathways in this journey that open us to greater awareness. The ability to ground spirituality in this reality is the balance we are seeking between the outer physical world and the inner spiritual world. Capacity is our ability to respond to the call to go inward. Capacity has within it the sense of being flexible and open, of conscious choice based upon Trust, Truth, Discernment and Faith. We need to understand and accept that there are worlds and dimensions beyond our ken (our normal understanding).In the spirit world there is a sense known as volition. Volition means to take a step into the unknown, to fly, to make a decision to go forward, not knowing the outcome. Anyone who makes the commitment to change will be aided by the unseen forces of the spirit world. There are guides, teachers, ancestors, mentors – all are allies that appear during times of change, times of risk taking and transformation. These allies appear as both friendly support and as challenge-teachers. An ally provides support and insight along the path. A challenge-teacher may appear as a hard lesson, a contrary person, an event or experience that changes the course of your life. Once you commit to change, the entire unseen world is accessible to you.
You have protection each step of the way both in the physical world and the spiritual world. The only source of failure on a journey is falling asleep – going back into the trance-state or defensive state (Mask) of the past and staying there. This is known as a regression to the past but at any moment you also have the incredible choice to wake up again, to continue the journey of transformation. The ego-mind is no longer in charge when you commit to living your true potential. Skillful Means Reflect upon your allies in the physical world and then upon whom you may call upon in the spirit worlds for help and support. What are your spiritual beliefs? Begin to describe the gifts you have from within your being. Begin with some opening questions: What gifts do I bring to my life and to the world? For example: Am I naturally funny, or naturally compassionate to animals, etc? Look at the natural capacities you bring into life as positive gifts. Reflect upon a life larger than your personal world, a larger world in which you are bringing your gifts. Often times we can see how we are giving to our outer world before we sit to reflect upon our inner self. Natural capacities are gifts we are born with. They are spiritual gifts we have brought forward to this time so that we may learn, grow and evolve. Make a list of positive ways you are connecting with your potential. Make this list as long as you can, go into detail. Do this for several days. This is a list of your potential. We are taking stock in this skillful means practice. The capacity for self- reflection (inward connection and acknowledgment) allows your true potential to come forward. Once you have completed your list take some time to be grateful. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude!

Truth is What Stands the Test of Experience

─ Albert Einstein

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