Awaken your inner beauty

Awaken your inner beauty

There will come a time in everyone’s life when it becomes time to awaken your inner beauty. The trials of life and the burdens we bear will bring us to a point in our lives where we break down, where we burn out and physically or metaphorically fall to our knees. Both our frail design and limited capacity demands this from us all. Then we break open or break free like the Jewel within the sacred lotus flower that burst through its waxy petals of protection. What you may not know about the Lotus flower is that it grows in murky waters and mud. When it flowers it produces that most incredible flower that has a jewel like centre. Each lotus flower’s colour represents something different, yet each is as beautiful as the next. Over time we can become jaded and forget our inner beauty, or our jewel within. Our core values never really change and at the heart of all of us lies an incredible and divine human being. Defences, traumas and the hard knocks of life lead us to believe a lie, the lie that we are not divine, beautiful or magnificent creatures that are here to love, create and grow together.

This ‘hiding’ of the true self all happens for a set of predetermined reasons. Neurologically speaking we are designed for survival and are heavily burdened with defence mechanisms to keep us from the calamity that stalks all around us. We become depressed (freeze) so that we move forward when we become sick and tired of being sick and tired. We become anxious when we become afraid of change and uncertainty and our brains give us the gift of letting us know that fear has become a resident.

Did you know that the brain clings to insults, failures and pitfalls 80 percent more than it does to our accomplishments, moxie and our gifts? We are hardwired to hurt!

Our fears and failures cling to us like velcro whilst our victories drip to the wayside like water off a ducks back. We can even feel like imposters in our own skin when we accomplish things and can be stopped dead in our unconfident tracks by the very first person who asks us “who do you think you are!” Well, we need to come to a point in life where we ask ourselves that very question. Who do you think you are? Once you can answer that question thoroughly and honestly you will shift through the layers of lies that may be holding you back. I have seen introverts become extroverts and great people who let others walk over them develop healthy boundaries all in a short space of time. All it takes is the recognition of who you really, really, really are within. Once you become aware of that then it can emerge much like light needs to fall upon the petals of a flower so that it can grow.

How to Awaken your inner beauty

Become the best version of yourself a little more each day as you begin to become more conscious first of your authentic self and then of the authentic universe. You are invited to do so by deeply contemplating and noticing the nature of creation around you which is intrinsic to your nature too. Because when you change the way you look at these things, theses things you look at change, and in turn you too are transformed. Perhaps this is what Keats meant in stating that ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,’ – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. We must take the time to re-set and ‘re-see’ this beauty and connect with its truth to allow it to awaken us as we are today, which is hopefully a little more than we were yesterday. This awakening or knowing is the marvellous meaning of life and the wonderful journey of life at the same time.

Take the time to contemplate deeper questions in life rather than just plodding on. When you browse the web, watch movies or DO things you are generally not taking the kind of time out for yourself that creates massive change. Life-change! The pratice of meditation is a real time out where you do nothing or no-thing. Meditation means to sit. To sit with ones own deep essence, emotions and being is the kind of time that you can give yourself to really grow deeply. Contemplative practices are another way to invest in your self development and are essentially a large part of my personal daily practice. Centering yourself, practising mindfulness and asking the deeper questions of who you really, really are can change everything. A great contemplative practice is asking ourself these 5 fundamental life questions. They will help you get to the core of who you are underneath all the muck.

The 5 fundamental Life Questions – Spiritual Healing and Life Transformation

5 fundamental life questions are as profound as they are healing. The right questions will open the doors to knowing the right answers.

1.Where have I been?

2.Who am I?

3. Where am I now?

4. Why am I where I am right now?

5. Where am I going?

As you continue to awaken your inner beauty remember these words from the French philosopher Blaise Pascal who said “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” Use the Power of your own contemplative intelligence to intentionally and purposefully create the ‘self’ you really wish to create. A personality does not just happen, it is created. It is developed over time. If you’re bitter for a day we can say you may be in a foul mood, for a week we may say you have a bitter disposition

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”

– Kahlil Gibran 

, for several months we may say you have the trait or tendency to be a bitter or negative person and for a year or two we may say you have a personality disorder that makes you bitter instead of better. It is all created over time. Just like depression, anxiety and a stressful disposition. All of these things are not intrinsic to your true nature and when you start to awaken your inner beauty you will see that.

For more information on how to Awaken your inner beauty start one of our courses or come and spend some time at our Center for Healing and Life Transformation. Blessings to you.

Published by Mark L Lockwood

Mark L Lockwood (BA)(Hons)(psy) teaches spiritual transformation and is the founder of Contemplative Intelligence. Author of The Power of Contemplative Intelligence, Autotherapy and Recovery Magic. Our work is about the science of finding your spiritual self.

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