by Rachel Horton White

Many of us have spent years trying to find solutions to help us feel better. For some it is pills or years of therapy. Or maybe we have tried non-traditional approaches like meditation or working with spiritual powers beyond ourselves. Still, sometimes our negative thoughts keep coming back. We cannot seem to “make” them go away.

Personally, I have also tried many different things. But I have noticed that in recent months, I gradually seem to have come to a place of peace and of relative success. I am not exactly sure what it is that has changed, but I have a feeling it was a combination of things (hypnotherapy, regular meditation and working with higher guidance). But I have noticed that my old, worn-out worries are just not really there as much anymore. It’s almost like they have almost disappeared.

If this is so, and if this seems to be working for me, then how can others experience this as well? It seems that there are so many people suffering and some are still choosing to live inside their mental prisons. If only they knew that life does not need to be so hard.

The paradox is that you cannot fix what you do not know is broken … not everyone is aware that they are in a mental prison in the first place. To awaken to this fact takes some quieting of the mind and connecting with Divine Source energy, with God, or with your true self, which is all of the above.

So many of us just accept that our way of life is just “how it is.” That we are meant to be addicted to smartphones, stressed, depressed and medicated. That we are meant to work 60 hours a week and go out drinking on the weekends or binge-watch TV shows just to cope with the pain of living this way. That we are meant to accept the rules and limitations imposed by our society.

Sometimes though, it gets too much. We get terminally sick, have a nervous breakdown, we lose our job or have some kind of “wake-up call” that things are not alright. That it’s not normal to live like this.

I could go on about the ills of our society, and why I believe that things are like this, but ultimately my goal is to help you, and to help us humans free ourselves from our own minds.

Put simply, the goal is, I believe, to raise our vibration. I know that many of you have heard that before, and maybe you are wondering just what that means.

In my view, “raising our vibration” is a state where we love our fellow humans, that we feel hope, compassion and kindness first toward ourselves and then toward all sentient beings, including the Earth itself (herself).

Sometimes it’s hard to do this though. Many of us have experienced unimaginable trauma, and some of us have just experienced little traumas over our life that has added up into a shell we have erected to protect ourselves. But eventually, we start to realise that the shell is cracking and falling apart, and that we need a new solution.

And then what sometimes happens is fear. Fear of what it means to let go of this protective outer shell, fear of letting a part of ourselves go, fear of trusting in a power higher and more loving than ourselves. Voices and opinions of what we have heard from parents, teachers, the media and even friends swirl in our heads, often reinforcing our worst fears. And then we get paralysed. Some of us know this is not a way to live, but we cannot find a way out of our mental slavery. And if you are sensitive and empathic, then you are even more at risk of being negatively affected by these low-vibration influences around you. And this can lead to darkness, to depression, to drug addiction, and sometimes to suicide.

I have seen this happen to people around me, and it breaks my heart. If only they knew that there is a better way, that many of the “solutions” in the traditional Western medicine can completely debilitate and numb people, especially children. Is this what we want? We have been trained to believe that if we just take a pill for something, that it will make everything all better. We have been taught that there is a “quick-fix solution” for everything. But what many do not realise is that with all of these prescriptions, we are just masking the real problem, which is still there deep down until it is confronted.

Then there’s our smartphone and internet addictions. Last year, after returning to the U.S. from a trip abroad, I was amazed when going through customs that almost every single person had their head buried in their phones. I am not sure if we realise what this addiction is doing to us, to our brains, to our emotional wellbeing, to our sanity and to our health. It takes time for the effects of smartphone addictions to accumulate, but if we are not careful, we are at risk of becoming a world of automatons. People running large social media companies and designing smartphones and video games design these to be as addictive as possible. Every time we get a “Iike” for something, or a “follow,” we get a rush of dopamine. And then we go back for more, again and again. It’s time to break ourselves free from this cycle of dysfunction.

Clearly, it is still a battle to fight this wave of social programming that is happening to us.

However, there is good news in all of this. I believe we are getting to the point where it has become almost as bad as it can be. There is a backlash and a growing movement to get back to the Earth, to live more simply, to become more self-sufficient and to unplug from the programming.

For me, I try to do all of these things, and also have found three habits to be essential to my own soul growth, awakening and maintaining a sense of clarity, peace and freedom. The following suggestions I hope will help you in kind:

1. Create space to rest your mind. Become aware of your negative thought patterns by training yourself to become the observer of your experience. This is best achieved with a daily practice of meditation, even if it is just 5 minutes to start. (And consistent too.. you wouldn’t stop brushing your teeth after noticing they were clean after a few days of brushing, right? The same goes for keeping our minds “clean!”)

2. Tap into a source of pure love which is higher than yourself. This can be God, or angels, Jesus another Ascended Master, or spirit guides, or simply just light. But this is what will keep us going … finding our higher selves in our hearts, the seat of our souls. Imagine a ball of light growing in your heart every day, and imagine that this light is spreading through your body. Send this light as a form of healing out to the world. This will raise your vibration.

3. Work on your stuff. Dig into your fears. Excavate your limiting beliefs. Uncover your self-defeating thoughts. Just identifying the negative Ego is the first step. Then you have a choice whether or not to let it run your life or not. Meditation trains your mind. It does take time to let go of negative thinking and beliefs however, as some of these beliefs are so deeply entrenched (since childhood), so it might be necessary to re-program the subconscious mind with affirmations and positive thoughts. Modalities like hypnotherapy or neuro-linguistic programming can transform your subconscious thoughts completely.

For me, this “recipe” of three approaches has been key. Other important pieces are getting outside in nature, finding joy and having fun, helping others in need and being with community and friends. And just being gentle with yourself.

It’s really actually kind of simple if you think about it. It’s just a matter of devoting the time and effort to re-training your mind, and creating a life that will free you. It’s not supposed to be this hard. Life is supposed to be filled with joy. And if it’s not, then it’s time to make a change.

You don’t have to take my word for it, though. Try committing wholeheartedly to doing the above three things for even just 30 days and see if you notice a major shift in your life.

We are at the point where it feels like this isn’t really a choice anymore. It’s an imperative. It’s time to live the lives we deserve to live. We don’t have time to waste any longer. We have suffered for too long, and our suffering has led to us causing the suffering of others, including animals and our planet. The old ways of protesting and fighting things are not working anymore.

The only way we can survive this time is if we change our mindset and shift our consciousness at the core. By connecting with our spirit, with the light within and around us all … this will be what saves us.

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