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Rules of life; the Bible has them, so does the Torah and the Koran, even the Sutras have guidelines for living, but I feel like we are coming to a time when there needs to be an amalgamation of all of those guidelines for human behaviour and compile it into three words:
I am light.
Let me start at the beginning.
Since the start of human existence more than 100,000 years ago, there have been increasingly complex ways of explaining life, who we are and why we are here. Cave paintings found in France and Indonesia, rock art found all over Australia date back 40,000 plus years and show an increasingly sophistication in expressing the world around us. Stonehenge, the Pyramids and other historical monuments demonstrate, on a large scale, belief systems, particularly around death and what comes after life and a connection to the Earth and the elements, stars and space. Anthropologists have found within most traditional societies that there were wise women and men who explained the great mysteries, often as ways to encourage behaviour or to tell stories. The oral narrative, or story-telling, exists in all societies and as previously discussed, the development of letters and symbols over thousands of years but most scholars agree that true writing systems developed in various parts of the world from about 6000BC.
Our diverse planet with its diverse languages explains that writing evolved separately, but there are some universal truths that exist in all societies, that is, things that we all have in common and which make us human; ideas about what happens after death, how to heal the body, the presence of guides or angels or messengers. The narratives, as written, were a way of explaining the world around us and providing a guidebook to life. The first books of the Old Testament were first written in Hebrew before being translated more than 3500 years ago (www.biblica.com), over time new ideas and beliefs were added to it before it branched off into today’s three major religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Ultimately, these books are narratives about the way things were from 3500 and before. Interpretations and adaptations are still being made to these books and will in all likelihood continue.
Fast forward to 2015, and the question is, do we need to keep adding to these books, or is it time to recreate a new definition of how to live our lives? Admittedly, there are some wonderful things in all of these texts and many lessons to be learned from history, but should we, in the 21st century, still be living literally from these ancient texts – are they still relevant to our changing and evolving world and species? There are no new ideas, just interpretations of ideas from the past. Even this blog is written by drawing on a range of authors, ideas and belief. We all have our own unique way of living in the world and in no way do I judge those who follow the holy books, they have their place and provide a consistent dialogue and a community to support them. But they are completely irrelevant to me and my life today and they are a way of separating us from each other rather than joining us in our commonalities and humanity.
One of my favourite teachers of the way of living in the past five years or so has been Don Miguel Ruiz (www.miguelruiz.com). If you are not familiar his summarised Four Agreements are:
1. Never take anything personally
2. Be impeccable with your word
3. Ask, don’t assume
4. Always do your best
I recommend you visit the site if you need more information, but I have lived by these Ancient Toltec teachings over the past few years and it has helped me to see my own worth. There are plenty of amazing teachers out there with ways of living and being in the world. High profile authors such as: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Louise Hay, Don Miguel Ruiz, Bronnie Ware’s “Top Five regrets of the Dying”, Alan Watts, Deepak Chopra, Stuart Wilde, Anita Moorjani, Ram Dass, Byron Katie, the work of Esther and Jerry Hicks, Eckhart Tolle, …the list is endless and I’m sure your bookshelf has your favourites too. But what I’ve come to the conclusion, that for me, there is only one rule that is universal, and it is a truth, that we are all Light. Every other guideline/rule is unique to us and more importantly changes over time as we grow and develop as spiritual beings.
So, here are my truths at this moment:
1. I am Light (see previous blog)
2. I will live fearlessly. Inspired by Anita Moorjani’s story (www.anitamoorjani.com), I will no longer fear what may or may not be. I enacted this yesterday when I saw a woman who had the most amazing hair, so I said to her “Your hair is magnificent”, she was chuffed and I felt amazing for speaking my truth and not being afraid of…well, anything.
3. I will follow my intuition. How often do we feel that deep calling to do things, to talk to people, to trust that knowingness within us? Today, I felt my yoga teacher had something to say, so I asked her and what transpired was a most loving and rewarding interaction. It felt right. You know, that moment that something happens and you feel fully and authentically you and your heart glows. It’s what Esther and Jerry Hicks call getting into the Vortex.
4. I will honestly and deeply speak my truth. How often are we not deeply honest with ourselves about situations? Do you love your job? Your partner? Your health? Are you happy with where you are at? Did you tell that family member how their words hurt you? Are you honest with yourself and others? That’s not to say we be nasty and vindictive about how we express our honesty and I have hurt people in the past by speaking from the ego, not the heart, not realising that I could have spoken the same message, but delivered it with love. Ultimately, as Don Miguel Ruiz teaches, how others respond is their stuff, but it feels so amazing to speak from a place of love and authenticity and say, “No, I do not like where I am right now.” Imagine the peace in the world if we were all speaking our authentic truths from the heart.
So far, I’ve only taken little steps towards living my authentic life and it feels good – honestly, it feels really good. Already, I’ve noticed changes in myself, my family and the synchronicities in my life. As I grow in confidence, I will be able to be more and more fearless, intuitive and honest about the things that are both working and not working in my life. They are a reflection of where I am right now and how far I’ve come on my journey. May you too find the life truths you need to live a full and authentic life from the teachers of your choice and be completely and authentically you.
Blessings and Namaste
©Alyssa Curtayne, 2015.
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