Embracing the Divine Light Within, By Shivangi

After a vivid dream shook Shivangi to her core, she wrote this compelling spiritual reflection on the nature of Divine Light and Self-Awareness.

After a vivid dream about something that shook my core, I was reminded of the beauty of the world we live in. That beauty is all there is, around us. The love that we share, forget and are reminded. The message, to embrace the Divine Light within all of us.

The Dream That Woke Me Up

In my dream, I saw that I was in my hometown, where I had grown up for the most part of my life. There, my entire family was present. But something felt off.

There was a dire siren that was echoing in the whole society. I saw a festival that people were celebrating in which… they fight. Yes, take lathis and fight each other! Saying that it is God’s Will so as to see who has to survive. Fighting in the name of God.

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Well, the actual festival lasted only moments and nothing serious happened during it but after it had ended, the people turned dark. Women from all castes and backgrounds decided to fight each other to see who will win.

Who does God want to win? All women who used to be sensible, reputable, rational joined the drama and took part in the “holy” fight.

My family was inside the house. Safe and sound. I thanked God for keeping them safe. But around my home, in the balconies, rooftop, everywhere I saw women, along with their very young children, with lathis in their hands, were all trying to get inside.

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To not just provoke us silent beings who were merely showing disinterest in this activity, but they wanted to include each and every woman of all the families that reside in that area. So as to make the fight fair, everyone should be involved.

Yes, not only women but children and those people who showed disinterest were made a part of this too!

Now, those people were trying to get into my home from the balcony. Here comes the crazy part. I opened the door and told with oh-so-much love that I, rather We, our family is not interested.

They were throwing colours on each other and were trying to throw some on me too. I told them I am seriously allergic to colours and they should not throw it but to my utter surprise, none of what I said was reaching out to them. They had all become dark.

Even the children who didn’t even know what the society was pushing them into. I was holding the door with all my might so as not to let them in. They were too many. Unable to handle, I couldn’t take it anymore and I woke up. 

A Spark of Divine Light in Dark Times

After waking up, I remembered God, the Divine Light.

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I knew that we have seen enough of this. I’m not here to keep being a victim to all the wounds that society has subjected itself into. I want to be part of something bigger. I want to see with my eyes, yes, in this world, utopia.

People being there for each other.
Them, understanding what essence they are made of.
People being heard.
Nobody being left alone.
Not associating themselves with their ego-minds.
People understanding that We all are One.

One is All and All is One.

We wouldn’t hate if we saw this in our brothers and sisters. We wouldn’t hate if we knew that it stems from fear, and instead would remember to love in the scariest, most brutal of times.

Yes, that seems like a time that was not-long-ago. Humanity has indeed come from a very dark period. But look, here we are, still living.

We thought we are all going to die because of an apocalypse happened in 2012. But we are still living.

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We have undergone a massive transformation. Each one of us. Our whole planet keeps shifting, changing, levelling up with us. Yes, we bring the change, we are the masters, the creators.

Signs of Mass Awakening

I remembered, change comes from within. And it’s my love for all the beings that I need to see sprouting in others too.

We are now seeing a mass awakening that is happening. One person at a time seeing a shift in their self-awareness. Loving, remembering their home, remembering who they are. Choosing love each time. No matter how difficult life seems.

Always following the heart.
Always choosing to help, love, brighten the lives of everybody on Earth. That’s the world we are heading into my friend.

Closing Thoughts

My dream was only an indication of how strong the collective consciousness is. A person could either overlook it, saying it’s the matter of the subconscious and what you think is what you see in dreams.

Or you take it as a strong indication of Love.
That is there.
That is here, within you.
Within all of us.

Just follow that. It’ll be worth the efforts of every soul that has incarnated on this planet to make it a joyful, loving place. Let’s embrace the Divine Light within all of us.

Love & Light,

SS

Shivangi Srivastava
Shivangi Srivastava

Shivangi is a nature lover, and an aspiring writer who has interests in art, music and all things about the universe and beyond.
She loves to connect with people one-on-one.

Your Future Self, By Serena Rogers

A powerful guest post by Serena Rogers, about discovering your Future Self with steps to become one with your ideal version.

Self-limiting thoughts, self-doubt and negative self-talk are the main reasons why people do not carry out their dreams, dare to try new things or challenge themselves. Fear of failure, loved ones and societal expectations stop us before we even get started. Picturing yourself carrying forth your passion should not be a challenge, but in today’s world it is… So, where to start? 

Simply by imagining…

If I were to ask you to imagine your future self, what would you say?

Most people would uurrmm and ahhh and probably think of something that someone else said, along the lines of… “Well my other half has always said I should do…” or “I’m kind of good at ____ that’s what my boss said anyways…”

Nothing definitive, nothing concrete, very vague and almost cautious. Ok, so let’s try it again… And now, dig deep! Think about your passions, your dreams, your wants and desires. It is limitless!

Don’t put a cap on it by thinking, “Well I’ve got a child, so I couldn’t do that!” or “I’d need to be qualified to follow that path” Just for a minute, let your restraints of every day adult life go, and picture…well…whatever you want! It doesn’t hurt anyone to do that and it doesn’t mean that you can or can’t.

Just simply imagining a completely different version of you could be the thing that opens up your mind to different possibilities! 

Remember when you were young and you had a dream, let’s say it was to be an Archaeologist, like Indiana Jones? (Yes, I’m showing my age now!)

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You didn’t start thinking, well I’d need to get a visa and have X amount of money, I’d need specific training… you just simply imagined it.

Your imagination had no limits, right? Even as a teenager, there were less boundaries, you had more energy, yes of course, but you were freer! 

As we get older, the weight of adult life starts to weigh heavily on our bodies, to the point where doing something as simple as imagining, becomes a task that we have to find a greater purpose to. We need to remember that our young soul still lives inside us and to let it venture out every now and again.

If you were your future self, what would YOU want YOU to do right now? 

A difficult one to get your head around, I know. But if you had the knowledge you do now, when you were, let’s say, a teenager. I’m sure you would want to pass that on, so you could flourish and maybe, well, enjoy life, just that little bit more. I know I would!

I would not concentrate on unimportant things like how popular I was, what other people thought, but maybe concentrated more in other lessons, enjoyed going to school a bit more and the freedom that being a teenager comes with.

Laughed harder, complained less, loved more.

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I think we get so bogged down with adulthood, the responsibilities, the routine, the pressures, the expectation.

The desire for a comforting life, to know where our next meal comes from, being the ever-reliable predictable employee and other qualities that secure our monthly pay cheque, that we have forgotten how to live, how to dream, what our passions and unique abilities are.

You would be bold and daring to go for those less obvious choices, the ones that push and push you to your limits, that challenge you and help your mind expand and change. 

You would be kinder and more caring to yourself, to others, help more, be selfless. Not focus on financial rewards and be more intrinsically motivated. Do things because of the way they make you feel, the memories they give and the relationships they build.

You would keep those emotions in check! Be more mindful about the words you use, not act out of strong emotions, like fear, grief, anger or sadness and learn to feel them and let them pass because you know they won’t last forever. Think back to a time when you’ve acted out of, let’s say anger. How did it end up?

Do you look back on it fondly or do you scold yourself and have deep regrets and think how you’d do things differently. I’m far from perfect and when I think back to times when I’ve acted out of strong emotions; I think of what I’ve learnt from that and how I’d act now if I was faced with a similar scenario. 

What else could you do? 

Surround yourself with positive influences.

It can be hard in today’s world at times, I know. I started my Facebook group for this exact reason. If you haven’t the positivity you need right now, go and find it. People aren’t as horrible as we’ve been made to believe. 

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Challenge self-limiting thoughts and self-doubt by recognising them.

Not holding onto them but letting them pass. Because they will and do not let them rule or overwhelm you. Distract yourself with a bit of self-love, lean on those supportive people around you, flip those negative thoughts to positive ones or use them for personal growth.

Face your fears.

Then, challenge negativity with your strength of giving something new a try and getting out of your comfort zone. Then you will grow in confidence, self-esteem and have concrete belief, whether failing or succeeding, that you can achieve your dreams.

Exercise gratitude daily.

Remind yourself to be happy of the life you have made for yourself.

Read More : 8 Ways of Grateful Living

Be happier by living intentionally.

And being in the here and now. Don’t weigh yourself down with regrets of the past or busy your mind with worry of the future.

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Stop comparing your life to others.

They are not you and you are not them. You haven’t lived their lives and they haven’t lived yours. Realise you are right where you’re supposed to be now, which might not make sense whilst you are living it.

Which brings me onto another point.

Trusting the process.

Don’t fret or worry about if what you’re doing is right or wrong. Instead ask yourself, does what you’re doing now, support your plans, goals and dreams. Does it benefit you and others around you? Go from here…

Last and certainly not least, have fun! Enjoy your life! After all, life is for living! 

So, what are you going to do, now? 

I’m not one for telling people how to live their lives or being over prescriptive, take what you like and leave the rest or take the whole lot and see how it fairs for you…

However, going through this journey I found, doing the above is helping me enjoy my life more and giving me the courage to continue daring to go for my dreams. It’s too easy to quit, it’s too easy to sit comfortably, it’s too easy to let negative thoughts win.

I’m passionate and firmly believe that living more positively and believing in yourself, is the key to unlocking your true potential, abilities and forgotten passions, in order to achieve your dreams, goals and your own version of success. 

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What is innately in you that, what’s your drive, when are you in your flow, what are you good at? Sometimes, you’ve just got to dig deep! My aim is to inspire, motivate and connect with like-minded everyday people and achieve our dreams together. Fancy joining me on my journey? 

Thanks for reading. Give your future self a chance…Your dreams are waiting, go get them! 

Until next time…

SR

Serena Rogers
Serena Rogers

Serena has over 15 years of working within the Housing, Health and Social Care sector; facilitating workshops, teaching, training and supporting individuals with multiple and complex needs in the UK.
Having built a following through blogging and Instagram; a space for people to explore all that is human and feel safe to do so. Allowing people to move from passion to purpose.

My Therapy Stories (#2) : Self-Esteem

Self-Esteem can be effected by a number of things. Health was my reason. Here’s what therapy revealed for my well-being and confidence levels.

Some people are just overly susceptible to falling sick and all other kind of health issues. Growing up, I was one of them. This is part 2 in My Therapy Stories and I’m here to tell you about how inner child therapy boosted my self-esteem.

Growing up, I always felt so much guilt and shame, because my immunity wasn’t great. Constantly falling sick meant missing important events and opportunities. It’s funny and saddening at the same time to recall some of the things that shaped my image amongst people (and in my head too).

HEALTH (& GUILT) IN CLASS

I missed a lot of exams, took a lot of ‘half-days’ where my dad would have to bring me back early from school. I felt grateful for him, and yet quite ashamed of myself for constantly causing him this inconvenience. More and more, I tried to be independent and to not need my parents for anything.

Rarely, this was the case. So you can imagine the guilt-ception that followed. And the downward spiral of confidence levels and self-esteem.

This one time, when I was about 9 years old, our class went on a field trip to a house-turned-museum.

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A cute class photo around the time we went on our field trip, back in 4th grade.

I was so sick that I puked in the museum’s non-usable toilet. Yikes! Post that trip, one of my classmate’s parents commented, about how sick I always am. A face of disapproval and disgust accompanied her words.

In a session of Writing Therapy, I recalled this particular incident, which as a child became the root of my ever-increasing guilt. I was made to believe that I was inconvenient.

Another time, once I was back in India and a lot older, one of my teachers sympathetically told me that she thinks I should get some kind of special ‘havan‘ (an Indian ritual to please the Gods) done to free myself from all the ailments.

This same teacher went ahead and down-played my responsibility as a House Caption (to a Vice), just because she thought I’m always sick and won’t be available to take on the role. Thankfully for me, the Captain became one of my best friends, and we also had a good laugh about the situation.

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A selfie with the ‘Captain’ for Yellow House. She’s one of my best friends till date, so jokes on you, teacher!
Self-esteem? What’s that?!

Even as I continued to grow up, I continued falling sick and missing out on a lot of things.

In college, we planned the first and last trip, us friends. As you can probably tell by now, I didn’t go, because my health gave away, last-moment.

Sure, my friends were supportive, and also cracked a few jokes at my dispense, but internally, it can become exhausting never being able to rely on yourself.

For the longest time, people held the impression of me as the girl that always falls sick. That label, the one I appalled the most, clung on harder with each passing year.

BUT DID YOU DIE?!

No. Things finally took a turn when I began working.

Work was flexible – I could work from home if I wasn’t feeling well. By the end of my 3.5 years stint, I was barely ever taking time ‘off’ and I was in much better health.

Also, I had two adorable roommates that took care of me when I needed to be mothered. One would get me food, the other would bring back medicines on her way from work. They showed me that it’s okay and natural to fall sick. And that I am lovable, regardless of how well my white cells can fight.

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A selfie on our one year roomie-versary in 2016! Love heals everything, even a weak immune system 🙂

When I first started living with my roommates, I would carry a sweater, umbrella and allergy pills even if we were going out for a dinner date. Simply because I didn’t want to fall sick. I used to carry a mask and stay miles away from anyone that remotely had a cold, because…. well.

HOW LOVE SHOWED ME MY SELF-WORTH

Ofcourse, there were some really ‘down’ moments, such as the time I cancelled my own birthday because of an Irritated Bowel, or the time time I booked a trip but couldn’t go because of the same irritated bowel.

By the end, however, I was able to laugh at my sickness and honour the downtime. These were opportunities to reflect and rejuvenate my health, both mentally and physically.

There was a particular incident where I fell and my foot’s ligament tore. This meant months of bed-rest. And a big ‘no’ against visiting the water park.

I was no longer guilty. I enjoyed that day at home, colouring (therapeutic, by the way) and eating pizza. Now I knew better than to blame myself for a situation in which not much could be done.

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The coloring activity I did when I was stuck at home with a ligament injury. Cute coloring book for kids (and adults), eh?

Sometimes, therapy is simply a loving, conducive environment that lets you be you! Those 2 years taught me a lot about love, especially self-love. And that falling sick had nothing to do with my self-esteem.

THE LAST STRAW

When I fell sick before my wedding, it was embarassing.

It was naturally a crucial time, and everything was falling apart for me. I wasn’t sure I would make it to my own engagement event. This was my trigger point, and I hit another all-time low.

My parents stood by my side and unconditionally supported me; telling me that it’s okay and that it doesn’t make me a weak person, just because I fall sick. I have the right to fall sick and be taken care of. My then-fiancee, was sweet and kept insisting that he’d come see me, inspite his own anxiousness.

Everything turned out great in the end, yes. Infact, it was like a miracle being able to actually enjoy my wedding. As though now, I was as good as new!

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A still from our engagement party, where my husband and I danced at the Bollywood number, Morrni. We had a blast!

Much later, in a one-on-one session of counselling/healing, my healer helped me release more of this guilt and shame. I finally let go out a huge, deeply-rooted roadblock that was responsible for effecting my self-esteem.

Ever since, I practise affirmations to remind myself that my body is strong, and that I should be proud of myself for all the things I DO successfully do on all my good days.

Sometimes, therapy is just a reminder for ourselves to take it easy, and to let go of the performance pressure.

Final Thoughts

Physical & Mental Health are closely integrated. Once I started releasing myself from the guilt and living in a mindset of wellbeing, I started noticing a significant improvement in both spaces. My confidence level is like never before. And I don’t mean that in an arrogant way, but in a way filled with self-love and joy for my progress. 🙂

There are a lot of ways in which we heal, and this is an attempt to show you the benefits of investing in what the world still ‘stigmatises’. Therapy.

Therapy isn’t for sick people. It’s for people that want to become healthier.

Read More : Inner Child Wounds

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