Tending the wilds of consciousness
Living Well Aging Well
By Elizabeth Devereux
A man's mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated
or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring
forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds
will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind. ~James Allen
In my last column, I posed the question: How does your mind-heart-body-soul garden grow? What are you cultivating?
Consciousness, being aware of your external environment, as well as the internal one composed of your unique thoughts, memories, sensations and feelings, is the ability to experience a quality of wakefulness.
"As you sow, so shall you reap" is a snappy aphorism if things are going along well in your life, but what if you are reaping sub-satisfying or even completely undesirable experiences?
Being awake matters.
Unconscious places, which everyone has to different degrees, act like stumps, weeds, rodents in the field of what you’re trying to grow. They limit the overall wellbeing you’re able to experience.
Unconsciousness can be a persistent inner experience, like chronic fatigue, panic attacks, anxiety or an inexplicable, low-grade joylessness despite the good in your life. Or, unconsciousness might show in your outer life, appearing as things that “happen to you” in money issues, health challenges, relationship patterns, frequent accidents.
You may have mysteriously recurring life themes, eerily similar scenarios or the same types of people repeatedly coming into your life to play strangely familiar parts. You may be aware of other chronic blockages and frustrations. These types of repetitive characteristics are indicative of unconscious energy patterns and can undermine physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
It can be tempting to look for the solution for change outside of yourself: My life will be different when I get yet another job ... my partner changes ... I force myself to exercise … buy that new thing. This is like saying, if you don't like a movie, adjust the screen instead of changing the movie.
If your mind-heart-body-soul garden is thriving, more power to you. If you’d like a life harvest that has noticeably more in it that works for you, read on.
Some people may not be aware there are technologies for changing consciousness— completely noninvasive and deeply relaxing energetic tools and processes that get at the root of undesirable unconscious configurations and release them.
To take the metaphor from gardening to gigabytes, techniques for change remove old files and programs running in the background that clog and skew the functioning of your computer, allowing you to have a new normal—a noticeably less burdened, clearer, more direct, effective and enjoyable experience of your life.
What if you could get rewarding, sustained change in a wide range of issues that you may have concluded were unchangeable? Is now the time to rethink possible?
The tapestry of Elizabeth Devereux's 24 years of training and work in the field of integrative health is a transformational fusion of tools and processes for greater health, joy and possibility. More information on Devereux’s Fitness Center classes and private integrative practice can be found at peaceonearthinc.com.
Aging Well classes for 2014
The Big Canoe Fitness Center kicks off the New Year by offering the following Aging Well classes: