Your Soul Is Your Greatest Teacher
“You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul” – Swami Vivekananda
Your soul comes with your purpose already planted within it. Your gifts are inside, waiting to be discovered. The divine will is waiting to be expressed through your life. Unfortunately, you forget what you already knew as a small child. You get lost. This is where the divine teachings can assist you.
The universal laws point you in the right direction. They lead you to re-discover what you have forgotten.
“As above, so below. As within, so without,
as the universe, so the soul”
One of the Laws of the Universe. But what does it really mean when you look at it through the lens of your life?
I love the vibrant health of this tree. It is not only fully supporting itself, it is also providing for the area around it. Everything is vibrant, growing and healthy. You have the light of the truth being reflected in the lamps to light the darkness down in the root system. They shine at night to show the way as you go seeking the truth among your deep roots. You have the butterfly of transformation. You have the fruit of both the foliage around it and the tree itself. This fruit attracts you as you go seeking food for your soul. It is so beautiful, and it invites you to come and rest.
I was listening to a CD by Guy Finley and he talked about the importance of balance in how we show up in the world, comparing it to a tree. Picture the tree having a root system. This root system is as deep underground, as the trunk and branches of the tree that extend high above the ground. It is about balance of the structure of the tree. The balance of the trees roots below support the outward growth above.
He stated that if a tree that didn’t have strong deep roots (roots deep within), it would be in danger of toppling over. This was because the growth above ground wasn’t being fully supported. In turn, if all you did was work on the root system, then you would have stunted growth above, no fruits. There has to be a balance of inner and outer work, all happening at the same time.
We see this in the ying/yang symbols. In giving, going up the outward growth of the tree and receiving going down into the root system. In breathing in to the root system, and breathing out up the growth of the tree.
“The constant in/out, give/receive plays out in so many systems in our lives”
I thought about this in my own life, and watching the lives of others that I see out in the world. We have all seen a number of people who achieved something great in their lives, who later implode through drugs, drinking or sexual escapades. Think of the Hollywood stars that have overdosed, the politicians and scandals that they have had. Even religious leaders have their fair share when they have built an empire that came crashing down on them.
These are all examples of a root system that couldn’t support the upward growth.
“I am just a tangled thread in the fabric of the cosmos” – Jitesh Rhanna
So what is the root system in our analogy?
It is the inner work that you do on yourself. The roots remind you of where you have been, and who you are today. It takes work to get to know your shadows. To uncovering what I call the popsicle stories. The stories you created as a child, to explain something that you couldn’t understand at the time. It is the judgments, traumas and dramas you grew up with. It takes deep inner work to discover what they are, and how they play out in the patterns of your life. You must go back and claim your past. It is what helps you to understand your present.
“It is in the connecting the past to the present, that sets up what you can completely shift and change for a better future”
It is developing your relationship with the divine, that you are able to align your souls purpose in being here now. It is about asking the right questions to yourself that you discover “your way home” to your true self and your purpose in being here. It is exploring and questioning every truth you have acquired throughout your life. Some of those earliest truths contradict to some of your latest truths. Some of those older “truths” or stories need to be released. They no longer serve or support your inward and outward growth. You need to discover that, as in the Wizard of Oz, you already have what you are looking for outside of you. It lives deep inside of you in the root system. You already know “the way to home”.
“Life is an open secret. Everything is available, nothing is hidden. All that you need is just eyes to see” – Osho
Home is the place of balance in this analogy. The bedrock of the foundation cornerstone. The place where the outward growth of “who you are in this world” is equal to, and growing in proportion to the inner growth of the root system of your tree. It is the place of awakening. You have filters in your mind, which serve as a protection. These filters both serve you and sometimes hurt you. This is because you miss seeing things that have always been there.
Have you ever driven down a road that you use all the time and see a store front for the first time? Earlier this year a large commercial building was totally removed so they could build a new structure. I drive by it 4 times a day, going back and forth to my office. I didn’t notice the building was being torn down until they had completely removed all trace of it. This is because my filter removed it from my field of vision. This has happened to you too. The more conscious and awake you become the more you can learn to remove the filters so that you can see those open doors of opportunity.
Several years ago, after the murder of my nephew and the collapse of my sisters nonprofit that she had created afterwards, I discovered my souls purpose with LemonadeMakers.
LemonadeMakers after several years of inner growth preparation it is starting to grow above the ground. The trunk and branches have been growing, and we are about to have a whole lot of pieces of what I have been working on finally come together.
Supporting LemonadeMakers has changed me in ways that I can’t even believe myself. I have grown and changed so much personally. I have seen just how important it is to invest in yourself, and have a personal coach. The time, effort, and money spent means that I have taken the zip line through the jungle, instead of traveling on foot and breaking the trail.
Without coaching I know that I would have probably given up. The hero’s journey with this business has suffered setbacks with our website when I spent a lot of money and the service provider went out of business. Then with the financial freefall of 2007-2012 recovery when I suffered a large loss of income. With the support of good friends, the support of great coaches, and my own blood, sweat and tears, whatever roadblock that appears, I manage to keep going and keep growing.
From the place of my own experience in transformational growth, I encourage you to seek out personal coaching in some way. It is hard to see what is happening deep within the root system below you, or high up at the tips of your branches. A good coach, friend or mentor is a mirror reflecting back to you what you can’t see. We all need that friend that removes the toilet paper trailing behind you when you walk out of the bathroom, or smooths out the wild hair in the back of your head.
Just remember that every second is a fresh start to begin nurturing the roots and the branches of your tree. Every day is what you chose to make of it, how you are living your dream out in the world. When you have unrestricted flow between the roots and branches of your tree, you will see the greatest harmony flow into your life. You will think of something, and make the connection, and produce the result almost without effort.