Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What Kingdom Do You Live In?

Last week I had the joy of leading a workshop on the spiritual practice of Visioning.  The practice of Visioning is basically moving into a deep meditative space, connecting with Love and from that heart space asking questions about our lives and listening to what comes to mind.  For this practice to really be powerful, one ideally is in a very receptive space.  One of trust and faith that life is conspiring for our good, not testing us, challenging us or trying to trick or fool us.

As a part of our workshop we looked at the 4 kingdoms of consciousness (this is all originally presented through Rev. Michael Beckwith of Agape International Spiritual Center).
Kingdom 1 - Victim - Life happens to you
Kingdom 2 - Manifestor - We happen to life, we create and "make" life happen
Kingdom 3 - Channel - Life happens through us
Kingdom 4 - Enlightenment - Life happens as us

In Visioning we reside in the 3rd and 4th Kingdoms, where we lose as much of our ego as possible and surrender to the creative life urge that is looking to express through us and as us.

A powerful practice that I constantly engage in on a daily basis is checking to see which kingdom I am "living" in, in a given moment.  Whether I am in a meditation, standing in line at the store or talking on the phone to someone I know, I quietly ask myself "Darrell, where's your head and heart right now?"  Does life feel like it is happening to me, do I feel disempowered, if so I am in the victim mindset, or do I feel at peace and very present to what is going on, if so I am probably in the 3rd or 4th kingdom of life happening through or as me.

This is a very simple practice of checking in on our feelings throughout the day, but it aids us in becoming aware of where we are "living".  As we continue to become aware, we continue to awaken to the present moment, where life truly happens and all the wisdom of the divine dwells.  Continue to awaken your inner wisdom this month, this week, this day by simply becoming aware of what kingdom you live in the most.

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Love, Light & Laughter,
Darrell Jones