Driving along the highway to Agra right now, with time to think about the year, what I do, what is going on here in India and the all the conversations I’ve had…. what the strongest theme is the emergence of a new and ‘merged’ spirituality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No matter what spiritual background we come from, there comes the point where all that matters is that once we discover our spiritual nature, we find a way to become seriously anchored in it - realise our Self in presence, and take that vision, that attitude to the world.
'What the hell is it she does?'
Would you like to know?
Everything I stand for is so simple.
For most of us, our taught ideal of what a spiritual person at their peak is, self-realized, comes from the Saints of the Church or Abrahamic traditions. Usually, they are poor, pious and the epitome of good, as we know it.
A girlfriend of mine asked recently about how to move through tough times with grace when you have an inner knowing that you are working towards something bigger, even though it has not manifested yet. A delicious question on a topic I’m passionate about and as can happen contains all the answers within it.
We hear that there is love, or there is fear. Makes perfect sense. But personally, that’s the 2nd step of the story. I think it’s giving way too much cred to fear being put in the same category as love.
This week I had the most fantastic day with my daughter as we drove off to the other side of Melbourne to meet the publisher’s photographer at their studio for the formal photos for my She-Monk book cover.
I heard recently a ‘spiritual’ academic say that the worst thing anyone could do is to make money from their spirituality. The way they said it was a throwaway comment, but it was loaded with an idealist theologian smelling judgement. What they didn’t realise was how hypocritical it was for what they are doing and how damaging it was for others who have the calling to take their spirituality to the world.
As a She-monk, committed to liberation and deep spiritual immersion in the Self while being in the world, one of the key areas of success is by creating our own sacred space.
Anxiety impacts I in 3 women and 1 in 5 men in Australia today. Seven people will commit suicide each day. Everybody will have some experience of anxiety in their life at some stage.
What does this mean for you? The truth shall set you free. Some cute quote out of the Bible meaning the Bible will set you free? Meaning belonging to a group or community or maintaining a certain viewpoint will set you free?
Shame. Not a word I usually associate with, yet it has come up recently in the past couple of months as feedback from intuitive healers or mentors and now the universe is screaming the message at me.
I want to talk about something today, that will hopefully bring some extra love and also some relief for you at this time of year.
True healing is anyway. The big fat life crisis kind. It becomes spiritual, a sadhana.
This week I was hit with a quadruple mega triple whammy. I know that doesn’t make sense, sounds more like an exotic ice-cream, only missing the sprinkles. I wish I had sprinkles! On top of my existing current human existence karmic load – recovering from Adrenal issues and all the side effects, God decided to deliver the worst hey fever season on record.
On the weekend my partner wanted to take me to see the movie Everest. It was his turn to choose a movie. Every part of my being knew I didn’t want to see it, especially while recovering from severe adrenal fatigue; it was a no brainer that there was going to be lots of stress and intense emotions that may not help my situation.
This one has been on my mind for a while, it’s an annoying issue but for me has come to the point where eventually I have to let it speak to me and have a little rant. What keeps coming up is frustration at the mass use of crystals theses days.
I had the experience recently, of finally finding the grace to move through a personal resistance that was so thick, it was like a membrane. This grace came in the form of permission.
It’s possibly obvious that freedom is a state I hold dear. It took a long time actually for me to really get it. I mean there’s spiritual freedom which is so alluring and desirable, then there’s freedom in the world, freedom from our struggles.
Welcome to my new blog as a freedom love coach. That’s me, otherwise known as Sally Lakshmi Thurley. I’m a spiritual and wellbeing coach living in Melbourne, Australia with my two awesome kids.