It’s the beginning of February – one month into this “rocket-ship” year in which it will be easier than ever to manifest our purpose and birth our Sacred Work. Because of that, we must eliminate the obstacles that continue to hold us back.
I had a vision recently that puts a radical re-frame on those obstacles.
It came to me one day when I was thinking about my own “issues” – those behavior patterns, limiting beliefs and self-images that seem to have conspired to keep me “stuck” for what seemed like eons. It was like I was living inside of invisible walls made of impenetrable plexiglass. So long as I didn’t try to venture beyond those limits I was fine. I could even delude myself into thinking I was free. But whenever I contemplated going beyond them I hit up against all the “reasons” why what I wanted was impossible or doomed to failure. So much so that I even stopped wanting certain things. The plexiglass walls always stopped me.
I bet you know what I mean.
So here’s what came to me:
I don’t believe our “stuff” is meant to stop us. Just the contrary. It’s here to be transformed. It’s here to provide the resistance that will help us develop stronger “soul muscles,” capacities that will allow us to do what we came here to do, and to evolve our souls.
Then I saw that when we transform our personal issues we not only free ourselves, but we also do a service for all of humanity. I know this to be true because of the energetic nature of reality and the matrix of collective consciousness in which we are all inextricably connected.
And then the next piece came to me. Maybe what we’re working on is not really ours in the first place. What if we’re doing this work mainly as a service? What if it actually comes from the collective consciousness as much as (or even more than) it comes from our own individual life path or karma?
There’s an image I often have when contemplating my soul’s choices. In this image I’m in Heaven, sitting on the edge of a cloud with my legs dangling down, looking down at Earth, deciding to do another dive into a human body for another incarnation.
This time I’m ready to jump down there, very excited and joyful, thinking of all the wonderful things I’m going to do, people I’ll see, and the great work we’ll accomplish. I’m just about ready to jump, with my knapsack over my shoulder (I’ve never figured out what’s in it), when someone reaches out to me and says, “Oh, would you mind taking this with you too?”
“What is it?” I ask. “It’s a sack of rough stones. We’d like you to polish them during your life time. Along with your other work – it’s one more assignment, if you’re willing.”
“Oh, sure, I can do that, easy,” I declare, and grab the bag and leap down.
And so in this vision I saw that part of our “assignment” in incarnating was to take some rough stone – some issue, some obstacle, some part of the collective thought form – and polish it until it gleams – on behalf of all mankind. What a gift!
Some of us took on anger, some took on feeling outcast, some took on a fearful nature, or an abusive parent, being born into poverty or even an illness – whatever.
The point is, if this vision is correct, a lot of what we struggle with is not really “ours.” Or it’s not ONLY ours. And it’s not a curse – but an opportunity. And not only an opportunity to transform and strengthen ourselves, but an opportunity for service, on a level that we can’t see or even comprehend.
Since I received that vision, I have viewed my personal struggles in a completely different way. It’s just not possible to feel like a victim anymore, when I see how eagerly I agreed to take that bag of stones and do a little extra service. Nor can I beat myself up for having had such a hard time in certain aspects of my life. It’s not my fault! (In fact, you could say it’s kind of noble to have agreed to take this on.)
What about you? What are your rough stones? How does it feel to contemplate this radical re-framing of what you may have felt was your “curse” or may have blamed yourself for as your failure? Can you see the nobility of your soul’s willingness to take on that extra effort for the sake of helping in the transformation of humanity?
When you see it in this way, it can give you renewed energy to engage with those issues, without your inner critic harassing you. It gives you more hope and determination too.
Because you know there’s nothing wrong with you!
It’s time to move beyond staying “stuck” in our “stuff.” We don’t have time to keep hiding our light – for whatever reasons. After a while that becomes an indulgence.
And there are plenty of ways to polish those stones till they gleam. If you’re too close to see how to do it – ask for help!
(In fact, if you want help identifying and polishing your rough stones, inquire about a Free Discovery Session with me.)
Note: Article was originally published in February 2013.
About the Author: Tomar Levine is an Intuitive Life Purpose and Career Guide, Vision Activator and Business Strategist for soul-inspired entrepreneurs in the second half of life. She is the founder of Soul Guidance for Your Business and the “Birthing Your Sacred Work” and “3 Levels of Purpose” coaching programs. She combines channeling the Akashic Records (a spiritual repository of love and wisdom) with creative, empathic, and insightful guidance. Tomarʼs passion is to inspire and empower those who yearn to make a difference in the world, who feel called to contribute to global transformation.