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Questions for Living Your Life Purpose

by Crystal Dawn Morris, Inspired by Napoleon Hill

Today’s Tantra Tip is that taking a self- inventory can help you focus in on how be fully aligned with your life-purpose or to discover what is preventing you from doing so.

Answer these questions:

1. Are you clear on your life-purpose or calling, if so, how much of your time and energy are you devoting to manifesting that purpose?

2. How committed are you to its attainment? Are you working on your plans consistently, through organized effort, or haphazardly, when the urge strikes you?

3. Do you let fear of failure or fear of success stop you? How?

4. What steps have you taken to associate yourself with others, for the attainment of your purpose? Do you share your vision with them? Do you ask them for feedback?

5. How much time and energy do you devote to manifesting your purpose or calling? How much to focusing on possible obstacles you may have to overcome to attain it?

6. Do you recognize that your present life circumstances are the result of the choices you have made and that every moment is an opportunity to create the life you desire?

7. Do you understand that your thoughts create your reality? Are you aware that you can change your thoughts, whether positive or negative, at any moment?

8. Do you know that inspiration comes from within? Are you willing to keep yourself inspired? How do you stay inspired?

9. Do you accept defeats as part of the learning process and welcome them as an opportunity to grow? Do look for others to blame, so you can avoid responsibility for setbacks and failures?

10. Are you open to receiving the support of the Universe and the help of others in living your purpose fully? Do you recognize that you are one with the Infinite Field of Consciousness?

Copyright 2011 Crystal Dawn Morris

Choosing to Live from Love or Choosing to Live from Fear

Love is our natural state and true nature. As children we live in the “Field of Love,” not as a concept, as our way of being. Slowly, we begin to receive the message that it is not OK for us to Be Love. We share our Love innocently and someone explores in anger. We don’t understand what happened, we might even run away and cry, but in a few minutes we are back Being Love and loving life.

As we grow older people tells us the world is a dangerous place. There are bad people. It is not good to talk to strangers. We gradually begin to feel Fear more often than Love. Our heart becomes guarded. We begin to hide our true face and try to fit into the fear-based world. The separation begins and we loose our joy, our playfulness, our natural way of being. We begin living only as a small part of who we are. We put on a mask and try to fit in.

Then one day we meet someone and “fall in love.” In that moment we remember who we are, we experience being whole, Being Love. The mistake we make is that we assume it is the other person’s Love that made us feel whole again, instead of recognizing that that we are Love, we are whole, that is who we have always been. We don’t realize that it is by giving Love unconditionally (i.e. without Fear), that we awaken and remember our true nature as Love.

For awhile we enjoy living in the “Field of Love” again. We enjoy having someone to share it Love with. We are once again like children in the garden. We are loving, joyful and innocent human beings. The mask comes off, we feel free to be who we truly are.

Gradually, people around us want us to define our feeling for the other. They want us to label our relationship, so they can put a check in a box by our name. With the labels come beliefs, ideas and responsibilities. Suddenly, expectations arise and with expectations come disappointments. We begin to notice things we want to change about our lover. We start to feel that they don’t like us the way we are and they want us to change. We don’t feel as happy as we used too. Due to the mistake at the beginning of the relationship that they had the power to create our happiness and make us feel loved, we now begin to blame them for our unhappiness and lack of feeling loved.

This is when the Fear begins to take over again. Can he/she make me happy? Am I making a mistake? Then the denial begins. “It is not really a problem that I want to go out on Saturday night to dance and he wants me to stay home and watch TV with him. I am sure I can change him.” We then begin living a lie. We get lost in our wants and desires and start trying the control the other instead of loving who they are.

We are now doomed to a life of struggle because we are no longer giving unconditional Love, instead we are living out of Fear. The Fear comes from a belief that I am not enough, expectations that I will be loved only if I perform in a certain way and the need to control the other, so I can feel safe. This is most people’s experience of romantic relationship. Until we are able to shift out of these patterns of Fear l we are going to keep repeating the same story.

In order to shift into a world based on Love we need to develop Self-Awareness and Self- Love. Self-Awareness is the ability to feel when the heart begins to close, to notice your need to control others so you feel safe, to be able to see when judgment arises, and to develop acceptance, compassion and equanimity. Self-Love comes from being able to see yourself, be honest with yourself and loving yourself, as you are, in each moment, even when you don’t necessarily like how you are behaving. You can only love another unconditionally, when you know how to love yourself unconditionally.

Self-awareness and self-love are life-long practices. As you begin to gain mastery in them it becomes easier to notice and express in the moment what you are experiencing. This helps you to be present and take full responsibility for the choices you make and the life you are creating. There is no blame others. You are able to recognize you are Love and it becomes easier to give Love unconditionally without the expectation of getting something in return. Then you begin to live a life based on Love instead of Fear.

(C) Copyright 2010, Crystal Dawn Morris, all rights reserved.

If this article interests you I recommend reading The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz

Tantra Tip of the Day- Allow Abundance to Flow

In challenging times it is easy to believe the stories you hear in the news and from the people around you and contract into fear. It can begin to feel like you are losing control. Control is really just an illusion, the ego’s attempt to hold on to the past instead of being in the moment and allowing the flow. The world is changing; you can fight it or surrender and change with it. Surrender does not mean to give up. It means to relax into each moment and trust the journey.

The first step is to let go of trying to control what is happening and learn to ride the waves. Take time each day to shift your attention from what is going on in the world around you and focus inward. Within you there is a quiet, spacious place of being. Rest in this place as often as you can. To find it close your eyes, exhale with a deep sigh, let go of everything and relax into the nothingness. Notice the space between the thoughts and allow these spaces to grow.

Second, feel into the body and see if you can become aware of your body’s vibration. It is a subtle energy that flows through you. Once you are aware of it notice how far it extends beyond your body. See if you can expand your energy a little farther out from your body. This energy has consciousness. Your body-mind is a magnet that has the ability to attract whatever it focuses its attention on. If you generate negative thoughts you will attract negative energy. If you generate positive thoughts you will attract positive energy.

Third, abundance is about allowing. Relax, open up and be in the flow, release negative beliefs that block abundance. State clearly, in words, thoughts and deeds what you want to attract into your life. Offer gratitude for all that you receive and give generously to others. Become aware of when your thoughts, words or action are out of alignment with your desires and quickly shift back into being in the flow. When obstacles arise see them as a gift. They are either there to shift your course or to wake you up. Welcome change as an ally.

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