Inspiration Journal - Body - Mind - Spirit
Issue 44 Inspiration Journal, July - August - September 2010

Coming to Our Senses! Activating Your True Potential by Dr. Jane Ely

The Twelve Teachings of the Wheel of Life began in January/February 2010, Volume 7, Issue # 5. In that article we explored wholeness and change. Each one of these articles expresses concepts from teachings drawn from the Medicine Wheel, the ancient Native American Indian wheel of spiritual evolution which are universal in that they relate to the cycles of all life and the natural, organic world.
The intention of this series is to provide a concept and then follow it with a practice that you can integrate into your daily life and thus into your consciousness.
In this article we explore our capacities-our natural gifts and talents and how we bring them into the world.

We have the capacity to accept other realities-to respond to dreams, visions, ideas, creativity and spiritual teachings. The non-material world is an exploration into the unknown. We are part of the unknown, also termed non-ordinary reality. It is available to us when we are open, connected and in a relaxed state of conscious awareness.
Transformation is an inside job, as is the capacity to reach our true potential. We do this by developing spiritual capacities through engaging in meditation, prayer, awe, wonderment, and miracles. Connecting to the help and support provided to us from the spirit world and from the natural world are all pathways in this journey that open us to greater awareness. The ability to ground spirituality in this reality is the balance we are seeking between the outer physical world and the inner spiritual world.

Capacity is our ability to respond to the call to go inward. Capacity has within it the sense of being flexible and open, of conscious choice based upon Trust, Truth, Discernment and Faith. We need to understand and accept that there are worlds and dimensions beyond our ken [our normal understanding]. In the spirit world there is a sense known as volition. Volition means to take a step into the unknown, to fly, to make a decision to go forward, not knowing the outcome. In this case it means to take the journey of change. When an individual makes the commitment to change, you will be met and aided by the forces of the unseen world-the spirit world. There are guides, teachers, ancestors, mentors-all are allies that appear during times of change, times of risk taking and transformation. These allies appear as both friendly support and as challenge-teachers. An ally provides support and insight along the path. A challenge-teacher may appear as a hard lesson, a contrary person, an event or experience that changes the course of your life. Once you commit to change, the entire unseen world is accessible to you. You have protectors each step of the way both in the physical world and the spiritual world. The only source of failure on a journey is ‘falling asleep’- going back into the trance-state or defensive state [mask] of the past and staying there. This is known as a regression to the past but at any moment you also have the incredible choice to wake up again, to continue the journey of transformation. The ego-mind is no longer in charge when you commit to living your true potential.

Skillful Means:
Reflect upon your allies in the physical world and then upon whom you may call in the spirit worlds for help and support. What are your spiritual beliefs? Who are your allies in both the physical and in the spiritual worlds?

Begin to describe the gifts you have from within your being. Begin with some opening questions: What gifts do I bring to my life and to the world? For example: Am I naturally funny, or naturally compassionate to animals, etc? Look at the natural capacities you bring into life as positive gifts. Natural capacities are gifts we are born with. They may also be spiritual gifts we have brought forward to this time so that we may learn, grow and evolve.
Make a list of positive ways you are connecting with your potentials. Make this list as long as you can, go into detail. Do this for several days. This is a list of your potentials. We are 'taking stock' in this skillful means practice. All capacities are honored in describing your true potential
Reflect upon the larger world to which you are bringing your gifts or would like to manifest them. Often times we can see how we are giving to our outer world before we sit to reflect upon our inner self. If that is the case, look to the outer world first to see how your potential is being engaged. Also, become aware of potentials that remain unexplored, un-manifested. Pay attention to these capacities.

Once you have completed your list of natural capacities, take some time to be grateful.

In out next article we will look at manifestation and engaged participation with our potentials and capacities.

Dr. Jane Ely, bio. 808-245-4246

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