“The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.” ~ Paulo Coelho
You’ve started your journey inward, you realize that true happiness and fulfillment must be found within, you resonate with silence and stillness and the observer inside of you that watches all things from an unbiased standpoint, and you’ve begun to re-write your subconscious belief systems that have been holding you back in life, but now what?
While the journey inward is a continuous process, at a certain point in our incarnation here, the spiritual seeker might face the question, “what is this ‘outside’ world for if the real journey is the one inside my own mind?”
What a travesty and waste it would be if we knew some of the most amazing wisdom from higher dimensions, had some of the most magnificent revelations about life and spirituality but shared it with no one. However, for those more in tune with their inner self, the world can feel like a very unwelcoming place.
When others don’t seem to be seeing the world as you see it from a similar perspective, it can feel as though the safety and comfort of our own mind is the only place we truly feel understood.
But alas, we must come to face the fact that all the wisdom in the universe doesn’t make just sitting on our couch “knowing it” any more exciting. There must come a time when rejoining the world becomes imperative.
In order to find balance between the two, we must first determine if our inward journey is beginning to work against our outside progress, and when we determine that it is, what do we do next?
Is your inward journey inhibiting your progress?
When spirituality begins to monopolize our whole life at the cost of us working on our goals it is most likely a sign that less time needs to be devoted to our inner journey to make way for action steps to be taken in our outside world.
The most important indicator in determining whether or not it’s time to get back out into the world is to connect with our emotional reactions towards the idea.
Our emotional response is our inner compass which points us in the direction of our highest wisdom and evolution. So, if rejoining the world sounds completely terrifying, unexciting, or is even physically impossible due to an illness or other physical setback, it is only a clear signal that it is not the time. But if one gets the feeling of confidence and excitement to get back out into the trenches, so to speak, this most assuredly is the green light to do just that.
Come out of your cocoon
“Make the world more beautiful. You should leave the world more beautiful than you have found it when you were born-then you have done some service to existence.” ~ Osho
Every beautiful butterfly requires time to transform inside their little cocoon but there comes a time when it is time to shed that cocoon and show the world the beauty we have cultivated and for our presence to inspire others to do the same.
Coming out of the cocoon can be slightly overwhelming for the person who has spent so much time in the comfort of their own mind, but by being patient with ourselves we can break it into smaller steps that make the whole process a little easier.
Small but new choices each day will begin to invite more passion and excitement into our daily life which push us into the path of our highest good. Maybe that choice is joining a gym, signing up for a cooking class, or applying for a dream job (even if you think it’s impossible to get, you’ll never know if you don’t try, right?), anything that feels exciting and something that you wouldn’t normally do for yourself.
New choices will begin to manifest new possibilities and outcomes. For example, maybe you meet your soulmate at your cooking class, or the dream job you applied for just to see, actually calls you back for an interview! The choices don’t have to be huge, but in order to be of some service to this world and for your own experiencing of this world to the fullest, a choice in a new and fresh direction needs to be made.
“Love in action is service to the world.” ~ Lynne Namka
Once you’ve started to follow your joy by taking time away from your inner progress to focus on the outside world again, it is important that you allow your inner light to shine through you.
After all, the world is transformed by the people who become the change they wish to see. The wisdom we have cultivated in our inner journey will be what leads others to do the same in their own life.
Those of us who have undertaken this spiritual journey all deserve a pat on the back. It is quite a courageous thing to go against what the rest of the world believes to be true in order to find all the answers from within instead of without.
As with all things, balance is key. The outer world is where we get to put to practice the insightful things we have come upon in our inner world, and our inner world is where we can go to heal and transform our own selves so that we may be of more service to humanity.
Alex Grey art