The Beauty of Spiritual Transformation

Most of us are familiar with personal development. I would guess that most of the people I know and work with and hang out with have a thing for transformation.  We get to a point in our lives where we ‘wake up’, we know that something must change in order for us not to be in this place ever again and it’s going to require some kind of discomfort to get there as we evolve and change. At that waking point, we don’t care; we will do whatever it takes.

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There are many tools, teachers, mentors and books on personal transformation and most of the teachings and methods actually come from old spiritual traditions.  Personal transformation is one of the side effects of committing to spiritual practice. There is also spiritual transformation, which you may think is the same, but it isn’t.  In fact, my biggest quest for many years was what is the merging point of spiritual practice and personal development in the world?  How do we go about it while living our lives and retain our softness and grace without having to become too goal oriented and using personal will?  

I’ll never forget the night, at a Q & A with my teacher one evening, someone asked the question, ‘what is the difference transcendence and transformation? I write about this in my book.  It was one of my biggest a-ha moments and something I retreat to often if ever I’m stuck or funky. 

He replied that from a spiritual perspective, after transcendence where we realise our natural state in our inner world, we then turn to transformation.  This is where we take that natural state back to the outer world and see everything in it as that, as love, God. It’s so simple and also spectacular.  I love things that contain everything within them – the work to be done and the outcome.  

Do I see this as a divine play?
Am I viewing everything with equanimity?
Do I see the universe everywhere I look?
Am I allowing everything to be as it is, which is perfect?
Are my thoughts, my perspective coming from my nature free state?
Am I embodying love?
Do I see everything as being a part of me, of my awareness?
Am I expressing my love of the divine in all my words and actions?

Ask yourself these things right now.  If you aren’t doing some of the above, then contemplate why not? What do you need to do? How can you take that meditation experience, that bliss from being loving and devotional and have it be your experience of the world around you? Therein lies the work.  The more skilled at transcendental practices, the greater the advantage you have for grace to spill over into your daily life.  The greater the chances of you feeling nothing but love, awe, wonder at everything around you, authentically, not because it’s seen as the right thing to do. 

If you do get that experience of seeing and experiencing everything around you as love, then the next step in your transformational journey is to hold it.  It wants to be permanent.  Know that it can be.  Relish the feeling of enlightenment. A great way is to live coming from the heart – forgive, let go, embrace all, see no differences, don’t judge and have faith that everything is a divine manifestation.  It is.  

Keep up your meditation practice! Watch the movements of spiritual energy, be on the lookout for anything that has caused a block or some pain and be diligent to correct it.  The best tool I know that anyone can use is Self-Inquiry.  Of course, if you need help, let’s have a session together.  

Curious about meditation?

Free Beyond Stress Meditation with Sally Thurley

Too Busy to Meditate?

Many of us have lives that are very demanding, if even only for a period of time. Take, for example the corporate executive with a project to deliver in tight timeframes and budgets or the mother of three children under three. The project will be completed, the children will grow up… however in the meantime, there can be overwhelm, exhaustion and seemingly unrelenting high levels of stress.

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Great news – we don’t need to wait until that project is finished or the children have grown up to find effective ways of managing those daily stressors. Meditation may be a topic du jour, however it comes with a myriad of benefits that make it worthy of further exploration. There are numerous studies that detail the extensive benefits of meditation.

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When you cultivate a daily meditation practice, there are many benefits that you will feel almost immediately. Some of these may include positive changes in your concentration abilities, emotional stability and overall happiness levels. Those who are new to meditation often think that you need to practice for hours at a time to reap any benefit and this is simply not the case. It is possible to experience profound benefits in as little as a few minutes a day. Whilst you may still feel stressed, it is likely that after even a brief meditation you will feel more at ease and calm.

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This meditation is for you, for when you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed and tired. Find a quiet spot, sit comfortably and take a little time to listen to this beautiful meditation designed especially with you in mind.

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BEYOND STRESS MEDITATION

Some Truth About Detachment.

Something that is a spiritual truth is that even the most incredible tools and practices have a shadow side in the wrong hands or our lower nature. They can be used poorly and let’s admit here, most of us have been there on our journey. It’s our human tendency to want to feel holy then use it as a deflection or something to hide behind with others when challenged. Sometimes the more holy we think we are, the more at the mercy of our shadow we can be. Nothing wrong with that if we are honest and open to moving to the right use and intention. 

Detachment is one such practice. Detachment can become an excuse for arrogance, indignation, withdrawing love and having no self-responsibility. In our human effort to run from pain, we can hide behind detachment rather than deal appropriately with a situation or person. 

Detachment never means withdrawing love! What it does mean is:

• You have chosen not to be impacted or infected by what’s going on. 
• Not getting hooked in – physically, emotionally, mentally. 
• Holding space for the right understanding and outcome.
• Choosing what is self-loving and best for all in the moment
• Open to love through holding an open mind and heart, holding compassion. 

I’ve encountered many arrogant yogis out there. It’s not limited to yogi’s, but that’s been my world. If we are remaining warm and humble, we know we’re moving along well. If we have become a robot, caught in our heads, a cold spiritual scientist then somethings amiss. Let’s add there argumentative, defensive and ‘right’. 

A similar good word is 'dispassion'. In spiritual terms dispassion is an excellent thing, it's not cold. I like to take this to mean not getting gripped by the lure of a passionate story or drama or thought. Keeping your centre, allowing what wants to crash to crash and it not pulling you with it. Passion is a buzz word now, but too much passion is as harmful as no passion. We can be passionate and neutral!

Detachment is a great practice. It takes a lot of practice too. To me, as you now, the ultimate is to be able to keep our heart open no matter what, and not let life make us hard or cold or lonely. No matter how messy that may be in the process, it’s well worthwhile for an authentic and happy life. 

If you would love some support to learn how to remain detached yet loving and available then reach out – info@sallythurley.com. We all need it at times. It’s smart to want to master great spiritual practices and to learn to live a rich, soulful life.

Business Intuition Formula

As spiritual beings living out our life business purpose and karmas, it’s important to remember we can and need to do things differently.  As we use our spiritual practice and business venture to reach the same outcome – healing, peace, going home, we remember the golden rule – spirit first, world second.  

Spirit is the boss remember? We are already wise to the fact that it’s not us doing, anything.  We know our first job is to keep in the flow, in the Tao, in relationship with Grace.  No matter what it takes.  At times we need a reminder, as I found this week.  I saw my calendar for the next three months and went into a stupor.  It’s busy.  Really busy.  

 

I thought I was scaling back after the first hectic six months of this year, but things have already started exploding in the directions their going.  So much so that I found I hit overwhelm, I couldn’t even see my way through the woods at that moment.  From years of intention, commitment and making a healthy number of mistakes I know that when we’re open, we know to catch that stress moment and get off it.  We know a solution always comes.  For me it was accompanied by this simple, cute rule:

Grace + Awareness = Cosmic Downloads (i.e. the way out)

Grace – the potent mystical stuff of all there is.  Consciousness itself.  Spirit.  Pure love.  

Awareness – our relationship to it, how we know and recognise who we are which is all of the above.  

Bring them together – Being still! Profoundly still and connected to your witness Self, the I AM part of you.  Open your mind and heart.  Do what it is you do to expand your spiritual energy and awareness.  

Once open, it doesn’t take long.  Lop a question into that space.  If the question hasn’t already presented itself, see how quickly your intuition picks the response up.  

Naturally the longer you’ve been at this kind of thing, the easier it will be.  The only time you question what comes up is if you haven’t learned yet what pure witness state feels like.  If we still have some strong desire from lack of awareness, it will interfere and point us unwittingly in another direction.  

Your homework:

Keep meditating.  Keep seeing what methods work best to get your so present that nothing else is running behind, nothing else matters.  Invite Grace in, open to her; she’s never not there to help.  Even if it’s not as obvious as you would like, the next step will be revealed, and it’s your inner compass pointing to the way out.  The way out of stuck, overwhelm and stress.  

Want to have that experience? To know more? Want to sit with me and experience what this level of connection and witness consciousness is like? Are you ready enough to get it? I’ll sit with you.  Simply email me at info@sallythurley.com and put in the title – LET'S GET PRESENT. 

Much love x

The She-Monk, Who is She?

She is supremely herself. 
She is eternally free. 
Nothing or no-one owns, dictates to or controls her. 
She has the wisdom of a monk, the devotional heart of a Gopi. 
She is a modern mystic. 
Her boss is the cosmos, and her purpose is to simply be love, truth and consciousness. 
She understands what is healing. 
She knows what is real abundance. 
She is kind, humble and the fullest expression of herself. 
She is both non-dual and dual. 
She knows it is all one. 
She loves and honours the richness of the spiritual traditions and moves freely between them. 
She doesn’t need to leave her life and live in a cave to know God. 
She is committed to knowing who she is. 
She is full of nectar, flowing, discerning. 
She is the full spectrum of creation – both light and dark.
She embraces all. 
She always moves to a divine perspective. 
She lives in the eternal moment. 
She takes her experience of God as her vision of the world, a divine play of consciousness. 
 She dances to the beat of creation, Spanda. 
She is ok being a human – to laugh, to cry, to dance and to feel pain. 
She chooses who she spends her time with and who she shares her life with.
She keeps her heart open. 
She’s colourful. 
She doesn’t need to be all things to all people. 
She simply follows what is expansive. 
She knows Grace is mystical and powerful. 
She knows there are magic and miracles; life is not dry and rational. 
She knows within her is the goddess, empress, priestess, warrior and doesn’t care for she’s happy being her. 
 She is powerful because of her being, by not needing to be powerful or fierce or in control. 
She is a modern Rishi. 
She knows when to surrender, when to be determined and when to use tough love. 
She relishes the journey and surrenders to the outcome. 
She allows herself to be open. 
She doesn’t have to be anything. 
She is a master of herself. 
She is God’s agent. 
She has used her daily worldly life to transform and experience God. 
She enjoys the building of grace, peace, resilience and love through spiritual practice. 
Her home is her temple. 
Her heart is her doorway to the divine.
She is holding the space for an enlightened, peaceful society. 
She is in all of us. 
 -Sally Lakshmi Thurley x