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I have included some excerpts from my Archetypal Musings Blog below.  You can see the full Blog at archetypalenergy.wordpress.com

Saturday
Feb072015

The Four Pillars of Being

In my work, the cornerstone of everything I do is based around the Four Pillars of Being.  They are at the same time both magical and mundane.  Mystical and practical.  Inspired and everyday.  This is because they are in everything, everywhere.  Sounds like a big claim?  Well read on, and judge for yourself.

What are the Four Pillars?

The four pillars are the four core aspects of being.  There are archetypal energies associated with each pillar – which you may recognise from reading Caroline Myss’ work (Sacred Contracts) or that of Moore & Gillette (King, Lover, Warrior, Magician).

The four pillars cover the following core areas:

  1. Action - the first pillar is related to the physical realm and ‘doing’.  It covers our physical bodies, what we ‘do’, how we spend our time.  When you focus on your health, on getting anything ‘done’, on making changes to your house or anything else in the physical realm, then you are focusing in the area of the first pillar.
    First Pillar Archetypes: Victim, Warrior
  2. Emotions and Values - the second pillar is related to the way that we feel, and covers the things we value.  It also deals with our creativity and how we connect with and communicate with others – our relationships (eg. family, friends, romantic).
    Second Pillar Archetypes: Prostitute, Lover
  3. Thoughts - the third pillar is focused on with how we think and our belief systems.  It is less about knowledge (which is more first pillar as it deals with the physical realm) and more about wisdom, which is what you do with that knowledge.  It is also associated with any illusions or blind-spots that we may have about ourselves and others.
    Third Pillar Archetypes: Saboteur, Magician
  4. Empowerment/Sovereignty  - this is associated with your spirit, your will, your soul and breathing life or power into who you are and your goals.  It is your control room, from where all other three pillars are co-ordinated from and come together.
    Fourth Pillar Archetypes:  Child, Sovereign

How the Four Pillars work

Many hundreds of years ago, the famous philosopher Descartes said “I think, therefore I am”. In my view, he was one quarter right. If he had said “I think, I feel, I act, I empower, therefore I am” – now then, then I would have agreed with him – because these are the four core aspects that make us who we are.

The Four Pillars of Being are the four cornerstones of being human, of living on this planet.  Anywhere you find something divided into or grouped into four, you will most likely find an aspect of one of each of the pillars in each of the four.  This holds true wherever you look – from religion, philosophy, pop culture, astrology, colour through to science.

Like the four legs of a table, these four pillars ‘hold you up’.  If one or more of the four pillars is weak, or not taken into account, then the table will be weak and/or might even fall over!

The Four Pillars in action

Here’s some examples of where we see the four pillars:

Survival Archetypes

In her book, Sacred Contracts, Caroline Myss refers to four archetypes – the victim, prostitute, saboteur and child – as our four principal energy companions or four survival archetypes.  This is because they are fundamental to your core being, they speak to your essence, to what it takes for you to ‘survive’ in this lifetime. And more than that, for those of you who believe in reincarnation, these four archetypal patterns stay with us from lifetime to lifetime.

Balinese Hinduism

In her book, Eat, Love, Pray, author Elizabeth Gilbert talks of the spiritual lessons she learned from the Hindu Medicine man – ‘Ketut’ – Here is a brief excerpt from her book which talks to how the Balinese explain the four pillars:

Ketut went on to explain that the Balinese believe we are each accompanied at birth by four invisible brothers, who come into the world with us and protect us throughout our lives………..The brothers inhabit the four virtues a person needs in order to be safe and happy in life: intelligence, friendship, strength and (I love this one) poetry. The brothers can be called upon in any critical situation for rescue and assistance……..[Ketut] instructed me to ask for the help of my bothers throughout my life, whenever I need them. He says I don’t need to be formal when I speak to them, the way we are formal when we pray to God. I’m allowed to speak to my brothers with familiar affection, because ‘It just your family!’.

The Four Balinese Brothers are:  intelligence – which links to the third pillar, thought; friendship – which links to the second pillar, emotion; strength – which in this context links to the first pillar, action;  and poetry – which links to the fourth pillar – spirit – our creative centre.

The Four Pillars in other religions

You can see the four pillars in many other religions.  I have written earlier about the four pillars and Buddhism.  You can see the four pillars in various aspects of Christianity – for example, in the four gospels (or verions) of Jesus’ life in the bible.  Each of these examines a different aspect of Jesus’ life – each one corresponding to one of the pillars.

Looking to ancient religions – in Egypt, the God Horus was said to rule the Living (or life) and he is said to have had Four Sons. These Four Sons are said to be the ‘rudders of heaven’ guiding us through life and also interestingly, into death.  Each of these corresponds with one of the four pillars.

In China – one of their creation myths speaks of Four Gods who were created by a mythical empress (Nu Kwa) and each given one of the four quarters of the earth – North, South, East and West. These four Gods included the Azure Dragon – who represented warrior energy and action. The Red Bird or Phoenix which represented suffering and Emotions. The White Tiger which represented wisdom and the Tortoise which in China is said to have divine attributes and represents the fourth Pillar of empowerment and spirituality.

The Four Pillars in Pop Culture

An example which Caroline Myss gives in her book Sacred Contracts, is that of Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz.  You’ll recall that she meets up with three travelling companions.  The Lion – who is looking for courage to do things (first pillar).  The Tinman who is looking for a heart (to feel).  And the ScareCrow who so well embodies the aspect of illusion connected with the third pillar, and is looking for a brain (to think).  Dorothy herself brings all three pillars together, and is learning to grow from a child into being ‘soverign’ of her own life, thus embodying the fourth pillar.

In Harry Potter – there are four houses.  Gryffindor – which embodies bravery, daring and chivalry – all first pillar attributes.  Hufflepuff is all about fair play, loyalty – and is very much focused around what you ‘value’ – which is very second house.  Ravenclaw – value intelligence and knowledge, which is very third pillar.  And the final house is Slytherin – which is all about ambition and cunning – the darker sides of power, but still very fourth house.

Other examples of the Four Pillars

I could go on and on about this – but as a general rule, wherever you see something that is divided into four distinct aspects, you will find the four pillars at play.  Here’s some more examples:

  • The four primary ‘colours’ that you put into your colour printer, from which every colour under the rainbow can be mixed.
  • The four elements in astrology.
  • The four sections of an Orchestra.
  • The four elementary atoms.
  • The four energetic bodies.
  • The four temperaments in Myers Briggs.

Why are the Four Pillars important?

Because they are everywhere.  Because they make up everything.  Because they help you to understand what is going on in any given situation, and how to respond to it.

There’s no point trying to solve a first pillar problem with a third pillar solution or vice versa. If someone has broken their arm – this is a physical issue, a first pillar issue, which requires first pillar solutions – rest, time to heal physically.  But if someone is suffering from a broken heart, they need to nourish themselves emotionally, spend time with friends, or in a good book – or even by finding something else to be passionate about.

The saying is – you don’t bring a knife to a gun fight.  Similarly, you don’t fight fire with a gun – that won’t stop your house from burning down.  You can’t reason with someone who is highly emotional – they won’t hear you, because they aren’t in that space, they are in an emotional space.  And you can’t fight misinformation by hitting someone physically.

Understanding the four pillars helps you to understand how to deal with specific issues in your life, and also how to respond appropriately to those around you in a way that enables you to move forward constructively.

For more information on the four pillars, click here.

Wednesday
Jun122013

Seeing with 'Soul eyes'

When things don't go as expected or planned, we often say they have gone 'wrong'.  From the car breaking down,  losing a job, being unwell through to a relationship ending.  Very few people 'plan' for these things to happen - so when they do, it's easy to feel like things have gone off track, or even that our world is falling apart.

But what's typically happening when things don't go as planned, is that our Soul is bringing us back on track - opening up new paths, new opportunities, whether big or small.

With 'human eyes' we have limited sight - we see only what is right in front of us.  And when what's right in front of us is gone or altered, when our 'plans' or expectations don't come to fruition, we can get scared, angry and even bitter.

But with 'soul eyes' we see much larger possibilities and opportunities to live into our highest divine potential. With 'soul eyes' we see the big picture. We can see how we have to give up one thing in order to move into something that is new and more aligned with our highest potential in this lifetime.

Next time something doesn't go as planned, no matter how big or small, try and resist labeling it as 'wrong' and instead stay alert for opportunities and possibilities.  It's helpful to stay 'in the moment' at all times - but especially when things aren't going as planned.  Remember, you don't always need to know your destination, you just need to know the next step to take.

This doesn't mean you don't get angry, scared or sad - these are natural emotions that can help you to transition through tough times. But 'know' that a new path, a new opportunity will open up for you when the time is right. And often it reveals itself bit by bit, rather than all at once.

So when things don't go as planned, try and slow down - take things one step at a time and know that you aren't lost, you aren't off track, you're just finding a new path, or perhaps taking a diversion on the one you are already on!

Tuesday
Jan012013

Setting and achieving powerful goals 

It’s that time of year again – the New Year is here!  And for many people, this is a time to reflect on the year that has just passed, and think about our goals (or resolutions) for the New Year.

Setting goals can be a powerful tool – they are prayers, intentions, creative energy set in motion.  So like all powerful tools, it makes sense to take the time to understand a little more about what you are doing, and if possible, ensuring that any goals you set are taking you towards your highest divine potential.

Be careful what you wish for!

I’m reminded of a story that I’ve heard my favourite astrologer, teacher and powerful storyteller – Steven Forrest – tell on a number of occasions.  The story starts with two young wizards deciding they will play a trick on a little girl who is around 8 or 9 years old.  They go and visit the girl and tell her that they are there to grant all her wishes.  They tell her that she can have anything she asks for.  There is only one catch – she can’t have it for 28 years.

The little girl thinks this is great, and in the manner of all little girls starts listing the things she wants.  She wants to be able to stay up all night and not have to go to bed.  She wants to be able to eat as much ice cream as she wants all the time.  She wants a pony.  Oh, and she wants nothing to do with boys, because they all have germs.  The wizards thank her for her wishes, and tell her that in 28 years time, they will all come true.

Not wanting to wait 28 years to play out their prank, the two young wizards travel through time to 28 years later. The little girl is now in her mid to late 30s, married and has two young boys of her own.  The two wizards appear before her and tell her that it is now time for her wishes to be granted.  She has only a vague recollection of what she wished for – remembering only that she had wished for what was then her heart’s desire – so she starts to get excited.

Later that day her husband comes to see her. He tells her he is leaving her and taking the kids with him (no more boy germs!).  The only thing he leaves behind is the kids’ rocking horse (a pony).  She goes home that night and sits on the couch eating ice cream to drown her sorrows. She is so upset, that it doesn’t matter what she does, she can’t get to sleep (she gets to stay up all night).

I’ve paraphrased Steven’s story here, and not told it nearly as well – but the gist of the message is the same – ‘be careful what you wish for’! When you are setting goals or resolutions, you are making wishes, you are setting intentions, you are putting energy in motion for the future.  But when you are making wishes or setting goals for your future today, you can’t know what your circumstances will be in the future.  So when setting your goals in motion, ideally describe what you are trying to achieve by it, rather than being specific.

For example – in the case of the story above,  if the little girl had wished for an abundance of the food that she loves (rather than ice cream), being surrounded by people that she enjoys being with (rather than wishing not to be near boys) and having the freedom to make her own choices (rather than being able to stay up all nigh), then the outcome of her wishes would have been far more beneficial for her!

Why New Year’s Resolutions so often fail

One of the reasons people so often fail with their goals, is that they focus only on one aspect of the problem they are trying to solve or goal they are trying to achieve.  This is the equivalent of trying to build a table with a single leg in only one corner.  If you are truly seeking to effect change in your life whether to resolve a problem or bring about something new, then you need to tackle each of the Four Pillars of Being using the archetypal energies that support each Pillar.

For those of you who aren’t studying with me, here’s a quick crash course in the Four Pillars and their Archetypes:

  • Action - the first pillar is related to the physical realm and ‘doing’.  When we set goals around an exercise program, our health, making changes to our house or anything else in the physical realm, then we are focusing in the area of the first pillar.

               First Pillar Archetypes: Victim, Warrior

  • Emotions - the second pillar is related to the way that we feel.  It also deals with our creativity and how we connect with and communicate with others – our relationships (eg. family, friends, romantic).  If you are setting any creative or relationship goals, these are second pillar goals.

              Second Pillar Archetypes: Prostitute, Lover

  • Thoughts - the third pillar is focused on with how we think and our belief systems.  It is less about knowledge (which is more first pillar as it deals with the physical realm) and more about wisdom, which is what you do with that knowledge.  It is also associated with any illusions or blind-spots that we may have about ourselves and others.

            Third Pillar Archetypes: Saboteur, Magician

  • Empowerment/Sovereignty  - this is associated with your spirit, your will, your soul and breathing life or power into who you are and your goals.  It is where the other three pillars are co-ordinated from and come together.

              Fourth Pillar Archetypes:  Child, Sovereign

How the Four Pillars work

The Four Pillars of Being essentially describe the four cornerstones of being human, of living on this planet.  This is why you can find them reflected everywhere – from religion, philosophy, pop culture, astrology, colour through to science.  Each Pillar is supported by core archetypes – and it is from these four core archetypes (which Caroline Myss refers to as survival archetypes), that all other archetypal energies are formed.  Just like a colour printer has four ink colours in it – and from these ink colours, all other colours in the rainbow are created, so is it with archetypes.

Like the four legs of a table, these four pillars ‘hold you up’ or bring you and your goals into being.  If one or more of the four pillars is weak, or not taken into account, then the table will be weak and/or might even fall over!


Note: The above is just a brief overview of the Four Pillars.  To understand more about how the Pillars work and the archetypes that support them, click here.

Using the Four Pillars of Being to set your goals

So how do you use this information about the Four Pillars to help you to set powerful goals?  You ensure that for each goal you set, you have considered all four aspects of being. For example, if you wanted to commit to exercising five days a week this year – that’s a first pillar goal (as it relates to the physical).  So you need to look a how you ensure that the other three pillars are also working with you to achieve your first pillar goal.  If you only make plans for action (ie you plan to exercise every day), and don’t make plans for how the other three pillars can support your goal, then there is a good chance you will fail.   

For each of the Four Pillars, I’ve highlighted some of the questions or things you may want to think about:

  • For the first pillar - “What do I need to do to make this happen?”  “What are my physical goals?”  “What are my back up plans?”  “What will be different in the physical world, when I have achieved this?”

To help you to do this, you can call on the archetypes of the Victim and the Warrior.  Ask them to help you to identify all the questions you need to ask yourself, and help you identify the best way forward to make your goal a physical reality.

  • For the second pillar, consider things like – “How do I feel abut this?” , “How can I engage with other people to support me in my goal?”  “What impact will this have on my relationships?

To work with you on this, you can call on the archetypes of the Prostitute and the Lover.  Ask them to help you to explore your emotions, your relationships and your creativity – looking for support, creative ideas on how to proceed etc.

 

  • For the third pillar, consider things like “What beliefs do I have that support or hinder this goal?” eg.  Do you think “I always fail at exercise programs.” OR “I am bad at exercise”.  In particular focus on any ‘always’ or ‘never’ statements that you make about your goals (eg. I never achieve my New Year’s resolutions.)  Once you have identified these beliefs or illusions, look at whether they are really true or not, and replace them with a belief that supports what you are trying to achieve.  (Note – if you can’t do this, it may mean that you have identified an area that you need help with in terms of healing.)

The Saboteur and the Magician are the two archetypes to call on to help you with this Pillar – the Saboteur to help you identify where you might self-sabotage, and the Magician both to help you see through illusions and to help you to put magic into powerful positive thoughts.

 

  • For the fourth pillar - this pillar is all about power and control.  Consider things like “Whose approval am I seeking by doing this?”  If it is just you, that’s OK.  If it’s somebody else – then you are reverting to the child archetype, and not taking control or sovereignty over your life.  Other questions to ask are: “Do I feel that this is something I truly have the power to achieve?”  “What or how do I give away areas of my personal power that might stop me from achieving this?”

        The archetypes to call on for support with this Pillar are the Child and the Sovereign.

Archetypes and the Four Pillars

You will note that for each of the Four Pillars I have noted the archetypes that relate to that Pillar.  There are always two (eg. Victim and Warrior).  There isn’t space to go into why this is here, all you need to know is that you can call on these archetypes anytime, by just asking them to be with you.  This is as simple as sitting with your eyes closed, taking some deep breaths, and starting to sense the Victim, the Warrior or whatever other archetype you are looking to invoke.  It’s not hard – it’s as natural as breathing.  You invoke archetypal energies all day long every day.

Your goal in invoking them is to feel or sense their energy.  Doing this will help you to explore that Pillar.

An Example

Here’s a really simple example for you which factors all of the above in.  You will want to go into more depth on this than I have shown here, if this is one of your goals, as this is just to give you a flavour of it.

Starting Goal:  Exercise regularly

Adjusted Goal:  Have a fit and healthy body.  (Remember what I said above about adjusting your goals to focus on the outcome.)

First Pillar Activities – Physical/Action:  Exercise five days a week (on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday);  Engage with Warrior archetype to help me to maintain discipline with this.

Second Pillar – Feelings/Connections:  Exercise is very unexciting, need to work with the Lover archetype to develop a passion for it.  Also, will aim to keep journal of how I feel about this.

Third Pillar Activities – Thoughts/Beliefs:  Resolve my belief “I never keep going with exercise programs.”  and look to replace with a belief like “I am good at exercise.” Work with both the Saboteur and Magician archetypes to do this.

Fourth Pillar Activities – Spirit/Power:  Need to focus on how being fit and healthy empowers me to be all that I am and recognise that it always my decision as to how I spend my time, I am sovereign of my clock!

And finally

Remember that you are on the path to your Divine Potential whatever you do!!! Setting goals and working with your archetypes to do this, can help you go get there in a more pleasant and powerful way.  And at this point in time, with Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn for all of 2013 and 2014, there is plenty of energetic support for those who want to dive deeply into their goals and work hard at them. So take advantage of this powerful time, set yourself some goals, and go for it!

Saturday
May262012

The Yin and Yang of Truth

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One of the greatest challenges we all face as we walk this planet is to allow others the integrity of their own experience whilst maintaining our own.

To do this, it's necessary to accept the fact that two seemingly conflicting or even opposing viewpoints or perspectives can simultaneously be true. This conflicts with what most of us learned at school, that there is only one 'right' answer, only one 'right' version of events. And we cling to this. We want this to be true, despite all evidence to the contrary - particularly when we or somebody else is hurt in some way.

Here's a simple and fairly trivial example, but illustrates the point. Two people go to a movie. One thinks it's one of the best movies they've ever seen. The other thinks it was one of the worst movies they've ever seen and that people shouldn't waste their money going to see it.

Is the movie good or bad? What's the truth?  Both experiences are real. Both are true for the individual. The movie is neither good nor bad - like all art, it just is.  Most reasonable people can accept that in this instance, people have different opinions.

But as a society, as a general rule we demand a single truth. And to determine that single truth, as a general rule we have determined that the majority rules. If most people think a movie is excellent, or if it won an Oscar, then we determine that it must be good. But how many times have you been to an Oscar nominated or even winning movie and walked away wondering what all the fuss was about? If a movie has won an Oscar and you don't enjoy it, is your experience invalid? The answer is that of course it isn't. We know and accept that different people have different opinions and experiences of life. We aren't too phased if our friend doesn't like a movie that we loved. We might think they are 'wrong', particularly if the movie we loved won an Oscar, but most of us will allow that others can have different and equally valid opinions of the same movie.

But lets take a slightly less trivial example - albeit a fictional one.  Let's say there's two people - Fred and Harry - walking towards each other on a street, both on their way home. Neither knows the other one but their paths are about to cross. As they near each other, both are deep in thought. Fred is thinking about the great day he had. He was out with friends and they were laughing and joking together. Harry is also thinking. He is thinking about his day, but his wasn't as enjoyable. He was at work and was reprimanded by his boss for the way he dressed, told that he was a laughing stock because his clothes looked stupid and that he needed to look more professional. As they draw close, Fred is thinking about a joke a friend told this afternoon and he smiles to himself. As he's smiling, he looks up and sees Harry, who at that exact moment trips slightly and starts to fall towards Fred.  Fred automatically reaches out a hand and steadies Harry, still smiling from his memories of that afternoon.  

Harry sees the smile and starts burning up inside. How dare this stranger who doesn't know him laugh at him - he must think he's better than him.  His face goes red. And so Harry directs all the pent up rage he's had for the day towards Fred. He doesn't do anything about it. In fact he keeps walking. But in his head he's thinking "what a jerk". He gets home and his flatmate asks him how his day was. And Harry tells him about this arrogant guy in a suit who laughed at him on his way home. His flatmate - George - works with a guy in a suit who is 'always' picking on him. So he resonates with Harry's story and they both start commiserating about the self-entitled arrogant jerks in the world that make their lives a misery. 

Fred, on the other hand, gets home and tells his flatmate about his great day and how he helped out this guy on the way home who looked like he might have been a bit drunk. In Fred's version of their encounter, Fred is the good Samaritan. 

Whose version of events is the truth?  Was Fred the good guy or the bad guy?  In a world looking for a single truth, for 'one' right answer to every question, we can't allow for both of their realities to be true. We would probably say that Fred's version of events was the truth, since knowing his intentions, we know he certainly never intended Harry any harm.

But what if Fred's story had been completely different?  What if, instead of walking along and thinking about his fun afternoon, Fred was actually walking along thinking about how he had humiliated and bullied a guy at work that day.  What if, when he bumped into Harry, he was thinking about how Harry reminded him of that guy and his smile was more sneer than smile. In that case, we'd probably think of Fred as more villain than hero.

Harry's experience is the same regardless.  Harry's 'truth' is the same regardless of what happened to Fred that afternoon. 

We've all been in these types of situations - where we've either felt we've been misinterpreted by others or have interpreted others actions in a way that is completely different to what they intended.  And in these situations, the search for a single truth, a single 'right' interpretation of what happened can often result in the end of relationships. 

Sometimes, getting to the bottom of what really happened means accepting that seemingly opposite interpretations of an event can be simultaneously true. This is the yin and yang of truth.

 

 

Friday
Dec162011

Dancing with the Divine - Walking with the Mystic Archetype


Whether you recognize it or not, every step you take is another step on your soul’s journey homewards, on your journey back to that deep soul memory within you of unity with the Divine.  This is your soul's true home.  The path taken on your journey back 'home' varies for every person, although we commonly cross paths as our steps weave and wind their way back to our inevitable goal – a recognition that we are in fact one with the Divine and one with each other.  This journey homeward is the Mystic’s journey.

The good news is that you don’t need to know the name of the path you need to take on your own personal Mystical journey, or even the many turns and stops it will have you make along the way, before you start on it.  In fact you are already on your path homeward bound.  By engaging with the Mystic archetype, by starting to walk the Mystic’s path, you are merely becoming conscious of your Journey and recognizing that you don’t walk the path alone – that you have the most wonderful companion with you every step of the way.

This is because ‘God’, ‘the Divine’ or whatever name you like to use, is your dance partner and guide for your Journey Home.  You need simply follow the Divine’s lead in the dance that is your life, to live a into your highest divine potential in this lifetime.

Making Choices

Many people come to see me because they are unsure of their life's direction - concerned that they will make the 'wrong' choice.  The wonderful thing is that in Divine terms, it just isn't possible to make a 'wrong' choice.  It's possible to make choices that have less pleasant outcomes - that's for sure.  And it's possible to make choices which involve 'doing it the hard way'.  And some journeys may take longer than others.  But it's simply not possible to make a choice that doesn't lead you back home to the Divine.

Your destiny is inevitable - reunion or 'reoneness' with the Divine.  Your soul has been pulling you in this direction from the moment you entered your Mother's womb.  And it will continue to pull you homeward bound until you draw your last breath in this lifetime.

"What's the right path for me?" 

This is a question that has perplexed man for centuries.  Actually 'perplexed' is too soft a word.  This is a question that has caused wars, rifts and hatred on a global scale.  And yet the answer to this question is no different to the question - 'which is the best hat for me to wear'?   It's simple – the right path is the one (or ones) that sing to you, that resonate with you, the one that brings you closer to the Divine.  There is no 'wrong' path, just as there is no 'wrong' answer to the question about which hat is best for you to wear.

At the end of the day, all the world’s major spiritual paths point in the same direction.  They all involve dancing with the Divine, only with different steps to different melodies.  All dances bring each of us to the same point at the end of the day.  The differences between different religions, between different spiritual philosophies are only relevant in so far as they speak to the differences in each of us.  Some prefer to tango, other to waltz, and yet others just move their body in whatever direction feels good!

Are all 'Paths' the same?

Whilst all paths will get you to the same destination, as I mentioned earlier, all paths are not the same. So whilst the good news is that you can't mess up where you are going - you will get there in the end regardless - there are definitely ways that are more pleasant to get there that others.  I wrote about this a few years ago, when I quoted from the best-selling book "Eat, Love, Pray", where the Balinese medicine man 'Ketut'  is talking with  Elizabeth Gilbert:

"What’s it like in hell?" I asked. "Same like heaven", Ketut said. He saw my confusion and tried to explain.
"Universe is a circle, Liss…..To up, to down – all same, at end."
I remembered an old Christian mystic notion: As above, so below.
I asked 'Then how can you tell the difference between heaven and hell?'
"Because of how you go.  Heaven, you go up, through seven happy places. Hell you go down, through seven sad places.  This is why it is better for you to go up Liss." 
He laughed…….."Same-same," he said.  "Same in end, so better to be happy on journey."
I said, "So, if heaven is love, then hell is…"
"Love too", he said.

Dancing with the Divine

So how do you find the path that will lead you through the  'happy places'  that Ketut refers to in the excerpt above?  By learning how to dance with the Divine - instead of dancing nearby, or even just sitting on the sidelines and watching others.

Learning to dance with the Divine, is invoking the Mystic archetype.  It is learning to listen to the voice of your soul.  You don't need to be a psychic or an intuitive to do this.  You just have to learn to recognise your own soul's voice.  This is where many people find meditation helpful - they find the voice of the Divine when they spend time being still.  For some this is an actual voice, but for most people it is a 'sense', a 'knowing' , a 'feeling'.  And the more time you spend tuning in to the voice of your soul, the easier it is to hear.

The wonderful thing is, that when you are dancing with the Divine you are being guided, you are being lead, you are not alone.  And if you make a few mis-steps, it doesn't matter.  Because you have a dance partner who will help you to get back on track.

And when you are dancing in sync with the Divine, you don't need to know where you are going, because you have a dance partner who does.  All you need to know is what the next step is.

Your invitation to Dance

Getting started is easy.  The important thing is just that you start to dance. You say a prayer to God, to the Divine, saying you want to dance this life in sync with your highest divine potential, and then you surrender.  You surrender to the truth that everything that happens in your life is a gift.  You surrender to the truth that everything that happens in your life is bringing you closer to the Divine, is bringing you 'home'.  And as you do this, you will hear your heart start to sing  because you begin to realise that you already are home, that separation from the Divine was only an illusion.  You realise that you never actually stopped dancing.....you just didn't know it....

And so, to finish with the words of my favourite Sufi mystic:

You have been invited to meet the Friend
No one can resist a Divine Invitation
That narrows down all our choices to just two:
We can come to God dressed for dancing
Or
Be carried on a stretcher into God's ward.