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There are two main states we can experience at any time.
Contraction and expansion.
I don't know of a more simple explanation than this one to highlight how the language of our innate system communicates and interacts with its immediate environment and experience.
Contraction is the term I use for all the feelings that feel "bad". It has a sense of compression in our system, of pain, of something most of us want to get rid of, push down, ignore, bury or turn away from. We feel this when we are out of alignment with what is.
Expansion is the opposite feeling. It is one of freedom, lightness, flow, it is uplifting in its very nature, it feels closer to who are than contraction and it is a feeling of affirmation, peace or joy and acceptance. When we feel expansion we are in alignment with what is.
Contraction can be further explained as any feeling that is "negative" or limiting. Hate, fear, anger, sadness, jealousy, denial etc. A feeling that is in resistance to what is.
Expansion can be explained as feeling love, forgiveness, compassion, acceptance, peace, joy, gratitude, humility. Being in alignment with what is.
In working with people and witnessing the state of the world affairs at large, it is not uncommon for people to be cut off from their feelings. We often misinterpret our feelings and have internally labelled a feeling as "good" when in fact, if we pay a little attention to them, the feeling they hold is not a pleasant or expanded feeling. It is contraction but we have turned away from it or mislabelled it to divert ourselves or cover it up.
An obvious example of this is how we misuse sex. When we explore the feelings we have about and during sex, although different for men and woman, it is often a feeling that stems from a primal and self serving feeling rather than one of connection, intimacy with self and partner, sharing, love and expansion. Many people use sex as a tool for releasing pent up emotion, to make themselves feel better or to give them a nicer feeling than the one they have at the time they started. Its always interesting when we really be with what is, rather than how we have trained our brains to interpret what is being felt into something else. It is like we don't want to feel the feeling for what it is so we label the feeling with a thought to cover up the truth. The more we explore our own inner world, the more of this we uncover in ourselves.
When we are cut off or detached from our feelings, or are so caught up in our minds, we don't even really feel or acknowledge these feelings until they are really loud. By really loud, I mean we experience something that makes us stop and listen, through illness or pain, sadness, grief or a circumstance that is quite intense. These feelings are a natural guide to which state we are in, in any given moment but we have taken ourselves away from them. Control has been given over to the mind which loves to create stories about our emotions and inflate and feed the stories we have already created.
This cycle keeps us in thought and away from being present with what is.
There is always a feeling to be experienced, the language of expansion or contraction is always present but we have taken ourselves away from our natural state of navigating the experience and made the mind our home. The mind does not understand the language of the universe, the language of words is "man made" and the wrong tool for the job.
Animals, plants, any living thing relates to the world by feeling. Animals can feel fear in a person and respond to those who are gentle and loving, children are the same. Animals follow incredible migration paths and food finding treks all on the felt sense. All on an internal guidance system which is natural to us ALL.
We have cut ourselves off from this natural form of communication or at best recognise and use it rarely.
Know that you are your own highest authority. Don't surrender your source of authority to something outside of you. But, rather, go within to see if the truth you've found is in harmony with the truth you find in your heart.
Take a moment now, to see if you can feel a slight feeling of contraction or expansion. What does it feel like?
Is it familiar?
Where is it in your body?
Use this navigation tool to be with what is happening at any given moment.
Finding out which state you are in is the first step.
The next step is how to move from contraction to expansion..keeping it simple.
There will be more on this to come in part 2.
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