Openness: The Quality of Being Open & Flexible. Associated with the Niyama Santosha.
Don’t get stuck in one possibility.
Situations are rarely as desperate as one thinks when in the moment.
Be open to experience something without a pre-conceived notion or expectation of how it is, or should be.
Enlightenment is really a theory of expression.. The ultimate grounded response.. The unwavering you that chooses love and light regardless of what comes up in this life.
The level to which you continue to expand who you are is directly related to your being human. “The More You Know” is saying you are as infinite as the galaxy, made from star stuff and have the potential to be as magnificent as a shooting star. The way to live a life you love is to ensure that you have not limited yourself or your experience.
Personal evolution happens when boundaries on the idea of who you are are destroyed.
What does this have to do with happiness?
Happiness is a moving target. To hit that target, you have to practice. You have to be agile with a keen awareness of your surroundings.
Rigidity and a narrow scope won’t work.
Sustaining contentment can seem like seeking anti-gravity, wanting to jump and somehow staying suspended in the air. But, before levitation is possible one has to have balance. You must learn to shift your weight and ground down into the Earth in order to receive and absorb force — essentially using energy, your own and that around you, to propel forwards or upwards, to be light, and to soar towards your greatest possibility.
The mystery of metaphor is the art of listening to life in the activity of work, of allowing yourself to be living harmony. Metaphors give us a way to become more inside our universe. If we can name or identify our world, we know better how to fit in harmony with it. Harmony is the warmth of the heart slipping through a slice of light. By becoming more attuned to the vibrations in life, we come closer to our natural state. We clear our blocks and our resistances. We discover the power to be.
-Joseph Rael from “Vibrations & Being“
The more that you can bring yourself to accept and take on or try new things the more you grow, and become sensitive to everything around you. Work with the Heart Chakra to incorporate more Openness into your life. This will inevitably increase your compassion and connection to all.
What if becoming undone is scary?
Do you know your typical habits of resistance? What do you think about when you become vulnerable?
Have you recognized the subconscious ways you or others in your life are currently participating in working against the best possible version of yourself?
We have all done this!
We have all questioned what we are really capable of?
What we really deserve?
We spent time thinking of risks instead of rewards and imagined failings as opposed to making our dreams a reality. We have all at some point put limits on who we were, what we liked, and what we would or could do — we have all made bad habits and closed ourselves off from possibilities. We have chosen inadequate lifestyles of isolation and replayed memories that are in response to, or cause pain. WHY?
Because… We’re human, duh.
It’s totally normal to fear repeating an unpleasant event. We want to learn from our mistakes, so we often let fear guide our decisions and behavior and keep bad memories alive so we “know better.” Quite often, we are not even aware that this is happening. Check that Root Chakra to see if you are caught in perpetual survival mode.
The energy of openness helps you take an honest look at yourself. It literally lets light in on the darkness.
Be careful that the perceptions you’ve been holding onto, aren’t standing in your way from having a life you love.
Change your mind – Change your world.