How many of us have grown up in search of _____ ? I leave that blank because we all seem to be in search of something. Most people think when they find whatever that illusive thing is, they will find their happiness. So the list gets longer and longer, until….. we realize that it’s our Self that we’re in search of, our true authentic Self and the most joyous way to express our ever blossoming creativity.
No wonder our world is such a mess.
Everyone is “on the search” and there’s very little finding going on.
So when did we get so lost? How did we get so lost?
Perhaps we were never really lost. Perhaps we were born awake and aware, but the threads that weave that realization into our lives were never nurtured.
Children are born as pure Spirit. Their Spirit is so pure and so expansive that when it attempts to incarnate into a physical body, the vibration is often so dissonant that the body’s density feels like entrapment. The attempts to inhabit the body initiate fear and distress. If not alleviated, this separation becomes a core imprint for the rest of our lives.
It’s much more common then we’re aware of. Adults as well as children experience it in the form of nightmares, especially when we’re under a lot of emotional stress. When our Spirit returns to our body during dreamtime, if there’s a vibrational discrepancy between our Spirit and our physical body we awaken in a fear induced state. As an adult we usually learn how to deal with the anxiety in a variety of ways. But, we never seem to put it to rest.
Quite often incarnating into a physical body needs assistance with the interweaving of body and Spirit, especially when a child is born in a sterile environment like a hospital. Many ancient traditions held ceremonies for the child’s incarnation weaving their body and Spirit into harmony with the purity of Love.
Unfortunately these rituals have gone by the wayside. In present day we sign a birth certificate in place of a naming ceremony in which the divine Spirit was welcomed into the physical body with Love. Baptism originally invited the Holy Spirit to enter the body, but today’s ceremony has deviated from this primary intention. It would be a great benefit to our children if we birthed them in a loving environment and reinitiated some of these ancient rituals of Love.
Our children face this dilemma once again during adolescence when their hormones begin pumping through their bodies awakening them to an expanded consciousness.
Adolescence is meant to be a natural time of Self-realization. In the indigenous cultures it is considered a sacred time of passage. The adolescent is encouraged to participate in a vision quest to find their inner wisdom and discover their spiritual gifts. When they return, the whole tribe celebrates their awakening and supports the expression of their innate gifts.
Present day adolescence is very different. It has morphed into a difficult and challenging passage into adulthood. Once you realize that you’re an individual separate from your parents, you begin to question their standards. Without a culture’s support during this phase of development, our only choice is to test the waters by pushing the limits to figure out who we are on your own. Instead of fostering our gifts, we’re being ushered into more and more structured education to fit into society’s molds.
Thus, the youth of today are rebelling in order to expand. Unfortunately, that rebellion usually increases the chasm of separation, rather than drawing us closer to our spiritual essence. Even if we do find the artisan within, we are being forced to constantly grasshopper back and forth amidst society’s antiquated mandates, rather than express our innate gifts freely.
Once we reach retirement, we slow down enough to recognize a lifetime of separation from who we really are. But what if we didn’t have to wait until retirement to self reflect?
It’s too late for us to rewind and start over. But it’s not too late to change the legacy for our children.
Isn’t it time we midwife a more welcoming legacy for our children? Isn’t it time we honor the wisdom and brilliance of our children, especially our adolescents who have so much to share? Isn’t it time to weave our Spirit and physicality together in harmony to change the tapestry of life for all of us?
~ Sharon Lyn Shepard ~
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